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USA Today's Veronica Stoddart to moderate panel at WTTC - Global Travel and Tourism summit

USA Today's Veronica Stoddart to moderate panel at WTTC - Global Travel and Tourism summit ( MCLEAN, Virginia - USA TODAY’s Veronica Stoddart will moderate a panel on Powering Sustainable Growth at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Travel and Tourism summit in Las Vegas on May 19. The panel will take place at 9:00 am at the ARIA Resort&Casino. USA TODAY is an official media partner of the WTTC Global Travel and Tourism Summit, which runs from May 17-19.

Travel and tourism has the power to drive sustainable global growth and to facilitate social, economic, and cultural mobility, as well as a great responsibility not only towards its customers, but also to the destinations in which it operates, to the people it employs, and to the global environment. Stoddart’s panel will look to the future – what will travel and tourism be like in 2030, and what do we have to do to ensure our vision can be achieved?

Veronica Stoddart, Deputy Managing Editor/Travel for USA TODAY, will moderate a two-part panel. The first session will focus on aviation, and panelists will include: Alexander Pleshakov, CEO, Transaero; Gary Chapman, CEO, President Group Services&Dnata, Emirates Group; Jim Compton, Executive Vice President&Chief Revenue Officer, United Continental Holdings; Randy Tinseth, Vice President Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and Yoichi Minami, Executive Director, East Japan Railway Company. The second session will focus on hotels and destinations and panelists will include: Jabu Mabuza, CEO, Tsogo Sun Group; Costas Christ, Chairman of Judges, WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards; Tom Klein, President, Sabre Holdings; Andrew McEvoy, Managing Director, Tourism Australia and Peter Seligmann, Chairman&CEO, Conservation International.

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website, and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.8 million daily, and, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 5.9 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 8 million downloads on mobile devices. The USA TODAY brand also includes USA TODAY Education and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc.

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