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Tourism Innovation Summit 2021 returns to Seville in person

The Tourism Innovation Summit (TIS) returns to Spain from 10-12 November and will be highlighting the role of tourism as a lever of economic wealth and employment worldwide. Organisers are expecting 6,000 participants from 60 countries to attend both on and offline, including representatives of travel leaders Ryanair, Accor, Vueling, LATAM Airlines, Hilton, Expedia, PATA and WTTC. The first editio...

Saudi Arabia to host WTTC 22nd Global Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that its 22nd Global Summit will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the end of 2022. The summit in Riyadh will see industry leaders gathering with key government representatives to drive support for the sector’s ongoing recovery. The event in Saudi Arabia will follow the next highly anticipated Global Summit, which is taking place in ...

UK travel and tourism sector may only recover by a third this year, says WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the UK’s travel and tourism sector’s year-on-year recovery may only recover by a third this year, whilst international travel spending continues to plummet. WTTC states the strict travel restrictions, such as the ‘traffic light’ system, is responsible. At the current rate of recovery, WTTC research shows the UK’s travel and tourism sector’s contri...

Philippines edition of WTTC Global Summit postponed to March 2022

The 21st World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit, due to be held in the Philippines in October, has been postponed to the first quarter of 2022, WTTC has confirmed to CMW. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced the news during Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX 2021) in Subic. PHITEX welcomed 156 Philippine suppliers and 122 buyers from 33 countries for the hybrid event. Now the 21st WTTC...

WTTC announces Net Zero Roadmap for Travel and Tourism Industry

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announces the launch of a Net Zero Roadmap for the Travel and Tourism sector to support the industry in combatting climate change during its virtual climate week event in New York, US. WTTC also announced the launch of new social and environmental research data, the first time such data will be produced across the whole sector. The project builds on the ...

US to ease travel restrictions from November for vaccinated travellers from UK and the EU

The USA is to ease travel restrictions to allow foreign fully vaccinated passengers to enter the country starting in November. Vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the US from the EU and UK from November onwards, the Biden administration announced 20 September, marking the end of the 18-month blanket ban on travel. White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the “new in...

WTTC and BTA respond to UK’s Covid-19 traffic light update

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Business Travel Association (BTA) have both responded to the UK’s latest Covid-19 traffic light update. Today, 5 August, France has been moved from the UK’s amber-plus list to the amber list. Double vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will not need to quarantine after Sunday (8 August). Moreover...

WTTC report reveals Covid-19’s dramatic impact on Travel & Tourism around the world

Asia-Pacific was the region hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic according to the new annual Economic Trends Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The report reveals the full dramatic impact of travel restrictions designed to curb Covid-19 on the global economy, individual regions, and its job losses worldwide. Asia-Pacific was the worst performing region, with the sector’s co...

WTTC appoints new CEO as Gloria Guevara steps down

Gloria Guevara is stepping down as president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council International Airlines Group Chief of Staff, Julia Simpson (pictured) will take over the helm on 15 August from the former tourism secretary of Mexico, who has led the global tourism body for four years. Guevara led WTTC through a transformational agenda over the past years, including the difficult times o...

WTTC unveils equality initiative for women in travel & tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched a new initiative to support women in the travel and tourism industries. The Cancun Declaration has been adopted by more than 100 countries, industry associations and destinations. It takes its name from the location of WTTC’s 2021 Global Summit, currently taking place in Mexico. Its aim is to promote diversity and drive inclusivity. Signat...

80% of business travel executives say health and safety is pivotal in driving return to travel

The UK-based Business Travel Association (BTA) has outlined its trends and guidance for the future of business travel in 2021 via a White Paper, produced in partnership with global travel technology company Amadeus. Taking global data from Amadeus alongside interviews with eight of the BTA’s Board members, the new White Paper provides an in-depth look at how travel can recover from the effects of ...

World Travel & Tourism Council moves its Global Summit to April in Cancun

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 20th Global Summit, will now take place at the end of April – one month later than the originally planned date. The Global Summit is being organised in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and will be held in Cancun, 25-27 April. WTTC, which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, moved its Global Summit from March...

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