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Leading sustainable tourism businesses celebrated at WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Leading sustainable tourism businesses celebrated at WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Businesses and destinations that are leading the way in sustainable tourism have been recognized at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC’s) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi this evening. The Awards - being held at the Emirates … April 10, 2013
WTTC issues wake-up call to private and public sector to work closely together for Travel & Tourism's long-term future

WTTC issues wake-up call to private and public sector to work closely together for Travel & Tourism's long-term future

***EMBARGOED UNTIL APRIL 10, 2013, 1700 HOURS UAE TIME*** "The private and public sector must come together and focus on long-term strategies, infrastructure, and initiatives, not just short-term goals, to ensure that our industry is ahead of the growth … April 9, 2013
Presidential Perspective: Travel and tourism industry has potential to challenge global economic interdependence and influence course of 21st century

Presidential Perspective: Travel and tourism industry has potential to challenge global economic interdependence and influence course of 21st century

Addressing international delegates on the first day of the 13th annual World travel & Tourism Council Global Summit, hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Etihad Airways, former US President Bill Clinton put the ball … April 9, 2013
Michael Frenzel WTTC 13th Global Summit opening speech

Michael Frenzel WTTC 13th Global Summit opening speech

Michael Frenzel, Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of TUI Deutschland GmbH and TUIfly GmbH and Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council, declared the WTTC’s 13th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Abu Dhabi open.Here is his opening address:Your … April 9, 2013
WTTC’s President urges Travel & Tourism industry to increase its leadership and influence

WTTC’s President urges Travel & Tourism industry to increase its leadership and influence

David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), is calling on the global Travel & Tourism industry “to grasp the mantle of leadership in order to influence.” In his opening speech at the WTTC 13th Global Summit … April 9, 2013
PATA and WTTC reaffirm aligned advocacy agenda

PATA and WTTC reaffirm aligned advocacy agenda

BANGKOK, Thailand - Mr. Martin J. Craigs, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO, and Mr. David Scowsill, the President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), outlined next steps and a united agenda in advocacy for the total travel industry … January 25, 2013
World’s leading sustainable tourism initiatives are announced by WTTC

World’s leading sustainable tourism initiatives are announced by WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The awards are one of the highest accolades in the global travel and tourism industry, recognizing sustainable tourism best practices … January 23, 2013
Tourism key for jobs and exports says President of Portugal accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

Tourism key for jobs and exports says President of Portugal accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

The President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has highlighted the importance of tourism to the country’s jobs and exports on the occasion of the presentation of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter … December 7, 2012
Europe right and wrong on emissions trading

Europe right and wrong on emissions trading

“A very unexpected but very welcome development, which may now temporarily prevent a full scale trade war” is the response of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President and CEO, David Scowsill, to the European Union's decision to postpone the … November 15, 2012
WTTC: travel and tourism still robust despite uncertain global economic picture

WTTC: travel and tourism still robust despite uncertain global economic picture

Growth in the global travel and tourism industry in 2012 will be broadly in line with expectations set at the beginning of the year. In an update of forecasts made at the beginning of the year, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts growth … November 2, 2012
Judges selected to identify innovative pioneers at 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Judges selected to identify innovative pioneers at 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the judges for its prestigious 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. These 12 independent experts on sustainable tourism will select 3 finalists for each of the 4 Award categories: Destination Stewardship … October 31, 2012
Tourism in Russia contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

Tourism in Russia contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

The travel and tourism industry in Russia is bigger than the size of automotive manufacturing industry and directly supports almost as many jobs as the financial sector.This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) … September 19, 2012
Hainan set to rival Singapore, Malaysia and Italy by 2021

Hainan set to rival Singapore, Malaysia and Italy by 2021

The Chinese province of Hainan is on track to become one of the world’s leading tourist resort destinations by 2021. According to a report, “Hainan: Travel & Tourism Development Potential 2011 – 2021” released today by the World Travel & Tourism … September 18, 2012
WTTC launches 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC launches 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses, organizations, and destinations worldwide to apply for its prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Each year, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize global leadership in … September 3, 2012
Marketing is not the only answer for UK tourism, says WTTC

Marketing is not the only answer for UK tourism, says WTTC

New plans announced to boost UK tourism are unlikely to have the desired effect unless much more fundamental reforms are implemented, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Reacting to plans from Jeremy Hunt, the UK Secretary of State for … August 15, 2012
Don’t over tax tourism – WTTC tells EU Finance Ministers

Don’t over tax tourism – WTTC tells EU Finance Ministers

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has written to all 27 Finance Ministers in the European Union urging them to recognize the important role of the industry in stimulating economic growth and jobs, while avoiding unproductive knee-jerk tax hikes … July 25, 2012
WTTC tribute to Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge

WTTC tribute to Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge

Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, previously Colin Marshall, was a Founding Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and a man who devoted his entire career to the travel and tourism industry. He began his career in 1951 with the Orient Steam … July 9, 2012
Rio+20: WTTC urges industry to work together for green future

Rio+20: WTTC urges industry to work together for green future

The travel and tourism industry must act together and speak with one voice to create a green future. That is the message from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil this week. WTTC, which runs the industry-leading … June 18, 2012
UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation

UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation

Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider travel and tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand … June 17, 2012
Major international hotel companies launch standardized approach to carbon measurement

Major international hotel companies launch standardized approach to carbon measurement

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in collaboration with 23 leading global hospitality companies, are today launching a methodology to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of hotel stays … June 13, 2012
Tourism in the UK contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

Tourism in the UK contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

The travel and tourism industry in the UK is nearly 5 times the size of automotive manufacturing and supports almost as many jobs as the financial sector. This is according to new research from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) sponsored by … June 1, 2012
Full house at close of WTTC´s first regional summit

Full house at close of WTTC´s first regional summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Americas Summit closed today after three packed days in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Widely known for its annual Global Summit where the leaders of the global travel and tourism industry meet with their counterparts … May 18, 2012
Travel and tourism in the Americas contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

Travel and tourism in the Americas contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

The travel and tourism industry in the Americas region is three times the size of automotive manufacturing and roughly one-third larger than chemicals manufacturing and mining. This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council … May 18, 2012
Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, … May 17, 2012
Robert Redford named as latest addition to the WTTC Americas Summit, May 16-18

Robert Redford named as latest addition to the WTTC Americas Summit, May 16-18

Robert Redford, Hollywood legend, and Roberto Hernández Ramirez, Chairman of the Board, Banco Nacional de Mexico, SA, and former CEO of Banamex, are the latest in a long line of distinguished speakers who will be at the inaugural WTTC Americas Summit … May 11, 2012
President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and Carlos Slim to speak at inaugural WTTC Americas Summit

President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and Carlos Slim to speak at inaugural WTTC Americas Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced that keynote speakers at its inaugural Americas Summit will include President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and Mexican telecoms billionaire and world’s wealthiest person, Carlos Slim. President … May 3, 2012
Mexico hosts inaugural regional summit of World Travel and Tourism Council

Mexico hosts inaugural regional summit of World Travel and Tourism Council

The Americas Summit of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) will unite for the first time travel and tourism leaders from across the western hemisphere in Mexico’s Riviera Maya next month. From May 16-18, 2012, key industry identities from … April 25, 2012
Tourism a “force for good” says WTTC CEO at close of Global Summit

Tourism a “force for good” says WTTC CEO at close of Global Summit

Tourism is a “force for good in the world that is respected and welcomed by all,” according to David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at the close of the Global Summit in Tokyo today. In his closing speech … April 19, 2012
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer named WTTC Vice Chairman for Middle East and Africa

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer named WTTC Vice Chairman for Middle East and Africa

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, has been named World Tourism and Travel Council’s (WTTC) Vice Chairman for the Middle East and Africa. The announcement was made at the 12th WTTC Global Summit being held at … April 19, 2012
Industry leaders unite at WTTC Global Summit to tackle visa problems

Industry leaders unite at WTTC Global Summit to tackle visa problems

The leaders of the travel and tourism industry attending the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 12th Global Summit in Tokyo, Japan, today actively committed to work together to have governments improve visa-entry procedures and systems in order … April 18, 2012
Travel and tourism larger industry than automotive manufacturing

Travel and tourism larger industry than automotive manufacturing

The global travel and tourism industry is double the size of automotive manufacturing and roughly one-third larger than chemicals manufacturing. This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) sponsored by American Express, … April 18, 2012
WTTC’s Global Summit begins in Tokyo

WTTC’s Global Summit begins in Tokyo

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 12th Global Summit opened today with 1,200 international and Japanese industry professionals and government leaders from around the world gathered at the Pamir Convention Centre in Tokyo, Japan. The Global … April 17, 2012
2012 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners unveiled

2012 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners unveiled

Three companies and one destination, from four continents, have been recognized for their best practices in sustainable tourism at this year’s World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The four winners were selected from … April 17, 2012
Prime Minister Noda of Japan opens the 12th WTTC Global Summit

Prime Minister Noda of Japan opens the 12th WTTC Global Summit

“Tourism is the frontier for Japan.” That was the message delivered by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan to the 1,200 delegates assembled for the start of the Opening Ceremony of the 12th WTTC Global Summit in Tokyo. Prime Minister Noda recognized … April 17, 2012
WTTC and PATA Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum opens today

WTTC and PATA Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum opens today

The joint World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum opens today with almost 500 industry professionals and government leaders from around the world gathered at the Westin, … April 15, 2012
Big names confirmed. Big topics to be discussed. WTTC Global Summit begins in two weeks.

Big names confirmed. Big topics to be discussed. WTTC Global Summit begins in two weeks.

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit in Tokyo and Sendai begins in two weeks, with a host of world-class speakers confirmed to contribute. The WTTC annual Global Summit is the pre-eminent event in the global travel and tourism … April 3, 2012
WTTC appoints TUI’s Dr. Michael Frenzel as Chairman

WTTC appoints TUI’s Dr. Michael Frenzel as Chairman

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced that Dr. Michael Frenzel, Chairman of the Executive Board, TUI AG, will take over as Chairman from April 20, 2012. Dr. Frenzel has been a member of the WTTC Executive Committee since 2000 and a leading … March 21, 2012
Air tax doing substantial damage to the UK economy

Air tax doing substantial damage to the UK economy

New research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that removing Air Passenger Duty would result in an additional 91,000 British jobs being created and £4.2 billion added to the economy in 12 months. The research comes as Britain is … March 12, 2012
Travel and tourism forecast to pass 100 million jobs and US$2 trillion GDP in 2012

Travel and tourism forecast to pass 100 million jobs and US$2 trillion GDP in 2012

Travel and tourism is set for a milestone year as the industry’s direct contribution to the global economy is expected to pass US$2 trillion in GDP and 100 million jobs. According to research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global … March 8, 2012
Japan’s tourism economy to stage full recovery in 2012

Japan’s tourism economy to stage full recovery in 2012

Japan’s travel and tourism industry is forecast to stage a complete recovery following last year’s earthquake and tsunami during the first half of 2012. A new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), its fourth and final report since … March 7, 2012
Travel and tourism to boost UK economy in 2012

Travel and tourism to boost UK economy in 2012

The UK will be increasingly reliant on travel and tourism in 2012 as jobs and economic growth in the sector outstrip the wider economy. According to a report released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the industry will grow by 1.3 … March 2, 2012
WTTC: world solution must be found to aviation emissions trading

WTTC: world solution must be found to aviation emissions trading

Europe must not go it alone on aviation emissions trading; instead a global solution should be found, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has today told the European Union. Speaking today in Guangzhou China, David Scowsill, President & CEO of … February 16, 2012
WTTC Global Summit leads the tourism industry through turbulent times

WTTC Global Summit leads the tourism industry through turbulent times

It is only two months until 1,000 travel and tourism leaders will gather in Sendai and Tokyo from April 16-19 to discuss and debate some major issues facing the industry, during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 12th Global Summit. The … February 14, 2012
WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards showcase initiatives leading the world in sustainability

WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards showcase initiatives leading the world in sustainability

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) just unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The awards are one of the highest accolades in the global travel and tourism industry and recognize sustainable tourism achievements … January 24, 2012
A major step forward for American travel and tourism: WTTC responds to today’s US Executive Order

A major step forward for American travel and tourism: WTTC responds to today’s US Executive Order

“President Obama should be congratulated for signing today’s Executive Order and announcing a suite of initiatives to significantly increase travel and tourism in the United States. It is a major step forward for the world’s biggest travel and tourism … January 20, 2012
Sultan of Brunei joins UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Sultan of Brunei joins UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Brunei became the latest country to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddualah accepted an Open Letter on the importance of travel and tourism. “We will do our best to support … January 12, 2012
WTTC’s third Japan update report shows its tourism industry recovering faster than expected

WTTC’s third Japan update report shows its tourism industry recovering faster than expected

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the launch of the 3rd of 4 quarterly reports about Japan’s recovery for the travel and tourism industry following the Tohoku Tsunami in Japan this year. According to the report, “The Tohoku Pacific … December 14, 2011
WTTC calls on governments for low-carbon growth policies in the tourism industry

WTTC calls on governments for low-carbon growth policies in the tourism industry

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has issued a communiqué during the International Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, which urges governments to develop climate change policies, which ensure that travel and tourism can grow sustainably and … December 8, 2011
WTTC responds to APD consultation: a missed opportunity

WTTC responds to APD consultation: a missed opportunity

Speaking in response to the government’s announcement on Air Passenger Duty (APD) today, David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said: “Today’s announcement on APD is a missed opportunity to reform one the world’s … December 6, 2011
Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO-WTTC campaign

Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO-WTTC campaign

Tourism has the full support of the Azerbaijani government, said President Ilham Aliyev on becoming the latest head of state to join the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Baku, Azerbaijan, November 15). Stressing that 2011 had been declared … November 24, 2011
Mexico to host WTTC’s first Regional Summit

Mexico to host WTTC’s first Regional Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) just announced that it will hold its first Regional Summit on May 16-18 in 2012 in Mexico. The Regional Summit will be hosted in Cancun, Quintana Roo, by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism. The WTTC Americas Summit … November 23, 2011
Abu Dhabi to host WTTC’s Global Summit in 2013

Abu Dhabi to host WTTC’s Global Summit in 2013

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced that it will hold its 13th Global Summit in Abu Dhabi in April/May 2013. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Etihad Airways will be official hosts of the biggest annual gathering of travel and … November 21, 2011
WTTC appoints Helen Marano as Director of Government and Industry Affairs

WTTC appoints Helen Marano as Director of Government and Industry Affairs

The World Travel & Tourism Council today announced the appointment of Helen Marano to the newly-created position of Director of Government and Industry Affairs. Ms. Marano is currently head of the National Tourism Office in the US Department of Commerce. … November 19, 2011
WTTC downgrades global travel and tourism growth estimates for 2011 and 2012 - maintains long-term confidence

WTTC downgrades global travel and tourism growth estimates for 2011 and 2012 - maintains long-term confidence

The global travel and tourism industry will grow more slowly in 2011 and 2012 than previously indicated, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC’s annual research, published in March 2011, forecast growth of 4.5 percent and 5.1 … November 8, 2011
Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

MADRID, Spain & LONDON, UK - Tourism has been at the forefront of Colombia’s economic and social transformation over the last decade. On the back of this success, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, joined the UNWTO/WTTC [UN World Tourism Organization/World … November 7, 2011
WTTC announces finalist selection judges for 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC announces finalist selection judges for 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Today, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the 12 independent finalist selection judges from around the world, for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Every year, WTTC recognizes innovative leaders in sustainable tourism through its … October 19, 2011
Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation

Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation

Tourism has a crucial role in transforming Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 said Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October … October 19, 2011
WTTC: Australia’s carbon tax is another cost burden on a struggling industry

WTTC: Australia’s carbon tax is another cost burden on a struggling industry

Speaking at the Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra, David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognized Australia’s commitment to the promotion of travel and tourism, but attacked the carbon tax … October 13, 2011
Revitalizing Japan’s tourism sector

Revitalizing Japan’s tourism sector

Meeting with Japan´s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called for the continued international support of the country’s tourism sector (October 4-6, 2011, Japan). “In the process of revitalizing Japan, tourism … October 5, 2011
WTTC announces Japan’s travel and tourism industry showing clear sign of recovery for 2012

WTTC announces Japan’s travel and tourism industry showing clear sign of recovery for 2012

Speaking today at the "Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan’s Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions," David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), announced the launch of the second … October 5, 2011
World Tourism Day: travel and tourism a driver of world economic revival

World Tourism Day: travel and tourism a driver of world economic revival

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today urged governments to recognize the vast economic and social contribution of travel and tourism - particularly as a driver of sustainable economic growth and revival. Speaking on World Tourism Day, David … September 27, 2011
WTTC condemns new 25 billion dollar US raid on air travel

WTTC condemns new 25 billion dollar US raid on air travel

The World Travel & Tourism Council has today condemned a US$25 billion raid on airline passengers in the United States as “confused and counter-productive” and called on the US administration to think again about taxing an industry that is a driver … September 21, 2011
9/11 anniversary: WTTC urges governments to promote freedom to travel

9/11 anniversary: WTTC urges governments to promote freedom to travel

On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling on governments to adopt smarter visa and border security policies to promote travel and tourism as a driver of jobs and economic … September 9, 2011
Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism

Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism

“The Chinese government is increasingly conscious of the role that tourism plays in socio-economic development and will double its efforts in tourism,” said Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign … September 6, 2011
WTTC launches 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC launches 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses, organizations, and destinations worldwide to apply for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Each year, WTTC recognizes best practices in sustainable tourism - its Tourism for … September 5, 2011
Hotel companies demonstrate leadership through new initiative

Hotel companies demonstrate leadership through new initiative

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are collaborating on a groundbreaking initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardized methodology … August 30, 2011
12th WTTC Global Summit to include Sendai events

12th WTTC Global Summit to include Sendai events

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) confirmed that a substantial part of the 12th WTTC Global Summit will be held in Sendai, northeast Japan. It was announced in November that the summit would be held in Tokyo from April 16-19, 2012. However, just … August 4, 2011
Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

MADRID, Spain & LONDON, UK - “We support tourism as an area of major importance in our agenda to fight poverty,” said Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza. The President was speaking after joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign … July 8, 2011
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders Campaign

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders Campaign

Joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, Kenya President Mwai Kibaki recognized tourism as “a great opportunity to learn from one another and share different traditions and cultures” (Nairobi, Kenya, June 23). “We see and value … June 27, 2011
President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: first Asian head of state to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: first Asian head of state to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has become the first Asian head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign. “Today, tourism … June 22, 2011
WTTC cements its ties with China’s Hainan Province

WTTC cements its ties with China’s Hainan Province

Reflecting the shift of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC’s) focus towards emerging economies – not to mention the growing success of WTTC’s China Initiative – the Chinese delegation at the recently-concluded 11th Global Travel & Tourism … May 23, 2011
President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/WTTC campaign

President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/WTTC campaign

The President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, is among the first European heads of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign. President Schmitt was presented … May 19, 2011
PATA and WTTC join forces with APEC in groundbreaking study to create new business opportunities

PATA and WTTC join forces with APEC in groundbreaking study to create new business opportunities

BANGKOK, Thailand & LAS VEGAS, Nevada, US - Travel and tourism is widely recognized as a major engine for future economic growth within the economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping. In 2010, the APEC economies collectively … May 16, 2011
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 … May 10, 2011
WTTC Global Travel and Tourism Summit powers global growth

WTTC Global Travel and Tourism Summit powers global growth

Nearly 1,000 industry leaders will gather in Las Vegas from May 17-19 to discuss, debate, and define some of the key issues facing the travel and tourism industry, during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit. Held … May 10, 2011
President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on the value of travel and tourism

President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on the value of travel and tourism

The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma is the latest head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Leaders for Tourism Campaign. President Zuma was presented an open letter stressing … May 6, 2011
WTTC President and CEO visits Japan to assess tourism situation and offer support

WTTC President and CEO visits Japan to assess tourism situation and offer support

President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) David Scowsill has just returned from Tokyo where he held key meetings with the government, airlines, and travel leaders to discuss how WTTC could help to kick-start the recovery in inbound, … April 18, 2011
President Calderón of Mexico first to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on value of travel and tourism

President Calderón of Mexico first to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on value of travel and tourism

The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has become the first head of state to join the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) joint campaign highlighting the importance of travel and tourism to global growth … March 2, 2011
WTTC urges greater collaboration on climate change policies

WTTC urges greater collaboration on climate change policies

LONDON, UK - The world’s leading private-sector travel and tourism businesses have urged climate change policymakers at all levels to consult more widely with them. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) believes that governments continue to mistakenly … November 11, 2010
WTTC launches call for entries for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC launches call for entries for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

GUANGZHOU, China - On this World Tourism Day 2011, September 27, 2010, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses and destinations worldwide to apply for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Applicants may enter in one of … September 26, 2010
WTTC welcomes Prime Minister's plan on new tourism strategy

WTTC welcomes Prime Minister's plan on new tourism strategy

LONDON, UK - The organization representing the world’s foremost private-sector travel and tourism businesses, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to establish a new tourism strategy by … August 12, 2010
WTTC invites cities to bid to host the Global Travel and Tourism Summit in 2012

WTTC invites cities to bid to host the Global Travel and Tourism Summit in 2012

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today opened the tendering process to find the host city of the 12th Global Travel & Tourism Summit. The organization has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for cities around the world to submit applications … June 24, 2010
WTTC response to announcement of UK emergency budget

WTTC response to announcement of UK emergency budget

Following the announcement of the UK government’s emergency budget, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) responded: “This is a difficult budget in a tough economic climate in which there are no easy options, and many nations are being forced … June 23, 2010
World Travel and Tourism Council announces the winners of the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

World Travel and Tourism Council announces the winners of the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The four winners of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards were announced today during the 10th Global Travel & Tourism Summit at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Of the 12 finalists, Emirates … May 26, 2010
WTTC seeks informed policies not empty promises to benefit travel and tourism

WTTC seeks informed policies not empty promises to benefit travel and tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council – the voice of the world’s 100 foremost travel and tourism leaders – has called for the next British government to commit to informed policies that create the environment in which travel and tourism thrives. The … April 16, 2010
WTTC and USTA sign memorandum of understanding

WTTC and USTA sign memorandum of understanding

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the US Travel Association (US Travel) have signed a memorandum of understanding, formally agreeing to share resources and to work closely together to promote the industry’s interests. “With so many issues … March 24, 2010
WTTC expects a year of zero growth for USA travel and tourism but longer term could be much brighter

WTTC expects a year of zero growth for USA travel and tourism but longer term could be much brighter

The launch of the World Travel Tourism Council's (WTTC's) annual economic impact research on Thursday, March 11 at ITB Berlin confirmed a 5 percent decline in global travel and tourism economy GDP in 2009. "And 2010 will be a flat year," said the council's … March 15, 2010
WTTC forecasts subdued growth for 2010

WTTC forecasts subdued growth for 2010

Travel and tourism is one of the world’s most important sectors and has been one of the leading growth sectors since the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) first started measuring travel and tourism’s economic impact 20 years ago. “But, as … March 11, 2010
Travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world providing a strong impetus to global economic development. In 2009, the travel and tourism economy is expected to account for 9.3 percent of global GDP and to generate over 210 million jobs, … December 16, 2009
CNBC and National Geographic Channel announce a 5 million dollar partnership with WTTC

CNBC and National Geographic Channel announce a 5 million dollar partnership with WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced a US$5 million multi-platform global partnership with CNBC, the world’s leading business and financial news channel, and National Geographic Channel, the world’s leading provider of factual … December 14, 2009
The travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

The travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, providing a strong impetus to global economic development. In 2009, the travel and tourism economy is expected to account for 9.3 percent of the global GDP and to generate over 210 million … December 11, 2009
5th Exceltur tourism leadership forum presented as prime opportunity to debate new keys for tourism's future

5th Exceltur tourism leadership forum presented as prime opportunity to debate new keys for tourism's future

Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Sebastián Escarrer, chairman of Exceltur and vice president of Sol Meliá, presented today in Madrid the fifth edition of the EXCELTUR Tourism Leadership Forum, which the two … December 3, 2009
Tourism for Tomorrow Awards deadline extended

Tourism for Tomorrow Awards deadline extended

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to confirm that the application deadline for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2010 entries, co-sponsored by Travelport and The Leading Travel Companies’ Conservation Foundation, has been extended until … November 27, 2009
WTTC maintains the longer-term outlook for travel and tourism is still bright

WTTC maintains the longer-term outlook for travel and tourism is still bright

2009 has seen the worst recession since the 1930s, with global GDP contracting by an estimated 1.3 percent. While there are tentative signs that the economic cycle is now turning, driven by unprecedented policy stimuli, reviving credit markets, and recovering … November 10, 2009
WTTC confirms increasing importance of travel and tourism to Trinidad & Tobago

WTTC confirms increasing importance of travel and tourism to Trinidad & Tobago

Travel and tourism is increasingly important to the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago, generating an estimated 10.6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009 – TTD14,116.9 million (US$2,262.3 million) - and 14.7 percent of … November 10, 2009
Beijing to host 10th Global Travel & Tourism Summit

Beijing to host 10th Global Travel & Tourism Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced its agreement with the government of China to hold the 2010 Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Beijing from May 25-27. “We are very pleased to host this event, which is such a landmark in … November 9, 2009
Santa Catarina: one of Brazil's and the world's best-kept tourism secrets

Santa Catarina: one of Brazil's and the world's best-kept tourism secrets

After hosting one of the most successful Global Travel & Tourism Summits ever, breaking records in both participation (1,448 delegates) and media coverage (close to 1,700 articles, broadcasts, etc.), the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina can look forward … November 9, 2009
WTTC announces international judging panel for 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC announces international judging panel for 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the judges for the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, WTTC's highest-profile accolade recognizing best practice in sustainable tourism. Each year, tourism companies, travel organizations, and destinations … November 3, 2009
How sustainable is your business?

How sustainable is your business?

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is now inviting tourism companies and organizations from around the world that can demonstrate best practice in sustainable tourism development to submit their applications for the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. … August 24, 2009
New research confirms Mexico's tourism will remain strong over long term

New research confirms Mexico's tourism will remain strong over long term

As the first country in the world to experience an outbreak of the now widespread A(H1N1) influenza virus, Mexico has been really hard hit in terms of tourism demand over the past three months. Preliminary estimates from the Mexican government put the … August 10, 2009
A clear message is neeed from the industry to ensure informed travel

A clear message is neeed from the industry to ensure informed travel

London, UK, and Florianópolis, Brazil - 20 May 2009 - At a special session of the Global Travel & Tourism Summit, held in Florianópolis, Brazil, from 14-16 May, panellists agreed that, while the epidemic of the influenza virus A (H1N1) - commonly known … May 20, 2009
The Global Travel & Tourism Summit calls for closer collaboration between the world's leading public and private sector tourism bodies

The Global Travel & Tourism Summit calls for closer collaboration between the world's leading public and private sector tourism bodies

London, UK and Florianópolis, Brazil - "The worst virus is not that of swine flu - it's the virus of pessimism," HE Luiz Henrique da Silveira, Governor of the State of Santa Catarina, told assembled delegates at the Closing Session of the 9th Global … May 19, 2009
Santa Catarina's full travel and tourism potential is still waiting to be tapped

Santa Catarina's full travel and tourism potential is still waiting to be tapped

The importance of travel and tourism to Santa Catarina's economy is indisputable, yet much of the potential of this southern state of Brazil remains largely untapped. This was one of the main conclusions of an economic impact study conducted by the World … May 15, 2009
Global summit opening session on swine flu to be broadcast live by satellite

Global summit opening session on swine flu to be broadcast live by satellite

The opening session of the Global Travel & Tourism Summit, being organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in the capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, will be broadcast live by satellite on May 15 at 14:00 local time (18:00 in … May 13, 2009
WTTC to release new projections of the cost of swine flu to travel and tourism

WTTC to release new projections of the cost of swine flu to travel and tourism

Concerns about the recent outbreak of swine flu and the worldwide coverage it is receiving have caused the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the forum for leaders of the travel and tourism industry, to revise its agenda for the 9th Global Travel … May 8, 2009
Swine flu: a serious concern, but no cause for panic

Swine flu: a serious concern, but no cause for panic

Outbreaks of communicable diseases, particularly those with the potential of becoming global pandemics, have important implications for all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. It is hardly surprising that the recent outbreak of swine flu has raised … April 29, 2009
WTTC results show no time for rhetoric

WTTC results show no time for rhetoric

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today revealed the results of its 2009 Economic Impact Research at its annual ITB Berlin press conference in the presence of industry leaders from different sectors of travel and tourism - high-level government … March 12, 2009
WTTC announces shortlist of finalists for 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC announces shortlist of finalists for 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

LONDON, UK - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the 12 finalists for the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Under WTTC's stewardship since 2003, the prestigious awards recognize best practices in sustainable tourism in four different … February 3, 2009
WTTC announces theme for 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

WTTC announces theme for 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

LISBON, Portugal - Members of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) met today with the Brazilian minister of tourism Luiz Barretto and president of Embratur Jeanine Pires, along with high-level representatives of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina … January 21, 2009
WTTC condemns Mumbai terrorist attacks

WTTC condemns Mumbai terrorist attacks

LONDON, UK - The Members of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are appalled and saddened to learn of the continuing violence in Mumbai following terrorist attacks on India's commercial and financial capital. The attacks, which began late on Wednesday … November 28, 2008
WTTC offers strong support to southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina following worst environmental disaster in its history

WTTC offers strong support to southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina following worst environmental disaster in its history

LONDON, UK - Today, as the chairman and top executives of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) met with Brazil's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the Governor of the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, Luiz Henrique da Silveira, … November 27, 2008
WTTC announces panel of international experts for 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC announces panel of international experts for 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

LONDON, UK - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the Judges for the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, WTTC's high-profile sustainable tourism accolade, in association with Travelport and The Leading Travel Companies Conservation … November 17, 2008
WTTC president & CEO calls for supportive policy framework to address challenges of current downturn for travel and tourism

WTTC president & CEO calls for supportive policy framework to address challenges of current downturn for travel and tourism

LONDON, UK - President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Jean-Claude Baumgarten, today called on governments around the world to work in partnership with the private sector of travel and tourism for the long-term sustainability of the … November 13, 2008
WTTC announces Florianopolis, Brazil as the venue for its 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

WTTC announces Florianopolis, Brazil as the venue for its 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced its agreement with the Government of Santa Catarina and the Government of Brazil to hold its forthcoming Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Florianopolis (the capital of Santa Catarina) from May … November 10, 2008
WTTC hosts Human Resources Symposium in Delhi

WTTC hosts Human Resources Symposium in Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (September 9, 2008) - Following successful discussions in the conference organized in Shanghai in January, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in association with the WTTC India Initiative, brought together leaders in the field … September 9, 2008
WTTC calls for entries for top sustainable tourism award

WTTC calls for entries for top sustainable tourism award

LONDON, UK (September 1, 2008) - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) - the business leaders' forum for the Travel & Tourism industry - today announced its call for entries for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, WTTC's sustainable tourism accolade, … September 1, 2008
Travelport Announces Strategic Partnership with The World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Travelport Announces Strategic Partnership with The World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Travelport Limited, the parent company of the Travelport group of companies, announced today it has entered into a strategic partnership with The World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards were … April 17, 2008
World-changing answers for global Travel & Tourism

World-changing answers for global Travel & Tourism

In less than one week from now (20-22 April), government and industry leaders will gather in Dubai for the annual Global Travel & Tourism Summit. This important gathering will once again provide the industry with the opportunity for debate, exchanging … April 15, 2008
Deutsche Bank Chief Economist to give new update on world economy to business leaders at Global Summit in Dubai

Deutsche Bank Chief Economist to give new update on world economy to business leaders at Global Summit in Dubai

Increasingly in today's world, influences from economic, political, environmental and social changes routinely interact at international level, determining the environment in which everyone has to operate. So a mature sector such as Travel & Tourism … April 14, 2008
WTTC supports CARICOM prioritisation on tourism

WTTC supports CARICOM prioritisation on tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced its full support of the decision taken by Caricom on 11 March to devote a full day during its regular meeting of Heads of Government in July to focus on Travel & Tourism. This is the first ever … March 13, 2008
Continued growth signalled for Travel & Tourism Industry

Continued growth signalled for Travel & Tourism Industry

The latest research for Travel & Tourism anticipates a slowdown in the industry in 2008 but prospects are bright for the coming ten years. World Travel & Tourism is expected to generate close to US$8 trillion in 2008, rising … March 6, 2008
Global Travel & Tourism trends for 2008 and next ten years

Global Travel & Tourism trends for 2008 and next ten years

On March 6, 2008 the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) along with its research partner Accenture will present its 2008 Tourism Satellite Accounting (TSA) research on Travel & Tourism's economic performance for 176 countries and the world. This … January 30, 2008
Travel & Tourism leaders forecast continued growth for 2008

Travel & Tourism leaders forecast continued growth for 2008

Despite repercussions of the ongoing global credit crunch, Travel & Tourism leaders today revealed that the industry will moderately be impacted and signalled continued growth rates for 2008 at a reduced pace. According to the recent research produced … January 21, 2008



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