Two global tourism bodies are to hold a joint summit at this year’s WTM London.
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the industry’s private sector, will join forces for the first time at the event to run the UNWTO, WTTC and WTM Ministers’ Summit.
WTM London’s senior director Simon Press, said: “This will be our 14th Ministers’ Summit and it will come at a momentous time. The summit will be the first opportunity for ministers and global industry leaders to meet in the wake of the pandemic and offers an unrivalled platform for exploring the best ways to ‘recover, rebuild and accelerate’.
Press said WTM wanted the 200-delegate summit “to design a new tourism and travel industry, to generate a more positive social and environmental impact”.
“WTM London is at the forefront of setting the agenda for travel and tourism, so we have a bold ambition for this event.”
UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili will attend. He said: “Tourism has proven its resilience and has the power to lead the recovery of whole societies. The Ministers’ Summit provides a valuable platform for high-level dialogue, uniting public and private sector leaders as we work together to build for the future.”
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and chief executive added: “This summit comes at a crucial time and will offer a vital forum for planning and sharing ideas for 2021 and onwards, as we begin to recover from this global pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on our industry and has threatened the jobs of millions of people whose very livelihoods depend on a thriving travel and tourism sector.”