The World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) 21st Global Summit,
themed “Rediscovering Travel”, will take place in the Philippines from
20 to 22 April.
Following the success of its physical event in Cancun, Mexico last
year, this year’s annual summit will be hosted in Manila. The hybrid
event is projected to draw more than 600 in-person attendees, with a
virtual platform made available for global audience.
The aim of this year’s event is to continue the alignment of efforts
to support the travel's recovery from the pandemic. According to Julia
Simpson, WTTC’s president and CEO, "WTTC's Global Summit will act as a
catalyst to drive forward the recovery of a sector that is critical for
both the economy and jobs.”
More than 20 government representatives from around the world will
convene in-person at the 21st WTTC Global Summit. Tourism ministers from
Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Japan, the Maldives and
Barbados have all confirmed their participations.
Philippines’ tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat described the
summit as a “significant opportunity” for the country to showcase the
steps taken for its eventual reopening to international visitors.
The event was initially scheduled to take place in March but it was
rescheduled to a later date to allow more international participants to
join in person.
Influential figures to take the stage
WTTC has since unveiled its keynote speakers, which include the likes
of former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon; Arnold Donald,
Carnival Corp. CEO and WTTC chairman; Greg O'Hara, founder and senior
managing director of Certares and vice chair at WTTC; Nelson Boyce,
Google's head of travel for the Americas; Kelly Craighead, CEO of CLIA;
and Ariane Gorin, president of Expedia for Business.
Among the keynote speakers is 21-year-old Melati Wijsen, who at the
age of 12 founded Bye Bye Plastics — a community engagement and
educational movement driven by youth activists that advocates for the
end of plastic bags.
Also taking the stage will be Craig Smith, group president
international division for Marriott International; Federico Gonzalez,
Radisson Hotel Group CEO; Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com;
and Darrell Wade, chairman of Intrepid Group. Travel Weekly’s own
editor-in-chief Arnie Weissman will moderate two general session panels
at the summit.
"It is heartening that these inspiring individuals have joined our
efforts to bring the industry onward to full recovery," said