Organised in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo, WTTC is being held in Cancun until April 27th.
At the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit being held in Cancun Mexico until 27th April, organized in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo, tourism leaders jointly urge the public and private sectors to work in partnership to save travel.
The Forum is being participated by Business Leaders and Tourism Ministers to discuss the safe revival of International Travel to help Global economic recovery.
The gathering seeks to position itself as the leading tourism event in the calendar with participation of the highest-level industry and key government representatives to act on the issues across the international agenda
The look back at last year’s devastating effect on the Tourism Business and how vital it is to take the necessary action to apprehend the collapse of businesses and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.
Research done by WTTC shows that this pandemic has been eighteen times more devastating than the financial crash of 2008.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief executive, said: “The seriousness of the impact of Covid-19 cannot be overestimated.
“But WTTC has worked tirelessly with its members to find solutions to revive the sector and save millions of jobs globally which have been lost and the terrible social impact of their disappearance.
“The debate today enabled leading ministers to share their thoughts about how the sector can tackle the pressing issues of how to save jobs, save businesses and save the global economy by safely reviving international travel.”
Harry Theocharis, minister of tourism for Greece also participated in the event and said it was down to the public sector to provide a roadmap out of the Covid-19 crisis.
Kevin McAleenan, former United States secretary of homeland security, said it was vital the international community laid down parameters and followed through at the governmental level, advocating a pragmatic risk-management approach to resuscitate international travel.
Rita Marques, Portuguese secretary of state for tourism, said short-term decisions must be avoided and instead government and private companies should advocate the development of a long-term strategy.
Colombian vice minister of tourism, Julián Guerrero Orozco, discouraged the prolonged use of ‘health passports,’ which could create a danger of first- and second-class travelers.
Other dignitaries who participated were Spanish secretary of state for tourism, Fernando Valdés Verelst; Nicole Marrder, minister of tourism of Honduras; and Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism for Jamaica.
This year, the summit explored the challenges ahead and provided a platform Calling for the Roadmap to Recovery of the Travel sector.