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2017 WTTC GLOBAL SUMMIT: REFLECTIONS AS DAVID SCOWSILL BIDS FAREWELL

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2017 WTTC GLOBAL SUMMIT: REFLECTIONS AS DAVID SCOWSILL BIDS FAREWELL
Big news coming out of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit held in Bangkok in the week is that WTTC President & CEO, David Scowsill, will bid farewell to the Council at the end of June. Here are the highlights and major talking points from the Summit:

  • WTTC President & CEO will bid farewell to the Council at the end of June. Read more. 
  • Botswana’s Chobe, Makgadikgadi and Okavango delta Ramsar site took top spot in the Destination Award at the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Read more.
  • Transforming our World – a global agenda for sustainable development:
    The Panel discussed the role of business in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the specific role that tourism can play.
  • Digital borders – finding the balance between security and travel facilitation:
    The increasing traveler numbers and more stringent security requirements are putting pressure on the freedom to travel. Experts discussed what needs to happen to make digital borders a reality considering issues such as cybersecurity and digital identity.
  • The future of work – is Travel & Tourism ready?
    Travel and tourism directly employs 108 million people around the world. The panel discussed the key demographic, technological and industry trends which are changing the shape of work in the future; and how these trends affect tourism
  • The traveler of the future – luxury and business travel sessions:
    Luxury travel is a segment that continues to grow despite challenges in the industry. The panel discussed why the segment is resilient, and where its growth and opportunities lie. Business travel accounts for 25% of travel and tourism’s economic contribution around the world. The session looked at the dynamics of business travel, future trends and how destinations can harness its benefits more effectively.  

Click here for more and to view many of the sessions on video

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