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Global Tourism Gather in Saudi Arabia to Shape the Future of Travel at 22nd WTTC Global Summit

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    Saudi Arabia Minister of Tourism, HE Ahmed Al-Khateeb Global Tourism Gather in Saudi Arabia to Shape the Future of Travel at 22nd WTTC Global Summit
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Economic recovery, sustainable tourism strategies and inclusive employment approaches to dominate debate in Riyadh.
Global travel experts to examine how to build a stronger and more collaborative future under "Travel for a Better Future" Theme.

Global travel experts from the public and private sector will gather in Riyadh for the 22nd World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) global Summit to tackle how travel and tourism can help deliver positive solutions for sustainable economic development, new job creation and community development.

Delegates meeting in Riyadh from 28 November to 1 December will participate in a number of key sessions to agree a collaborative strategic road to travel and ensure the sector brings the Summit theme "Travel for a Better Future" to reality.

Speakers and delegates are among the Who's Who of the global travel and tourism industry including the CEO of the world's largest hotel group, Anthony Capuano of Marriott International, alongside Hilton President and CEO, Christopher Nassetta, Hyatt Hotels Corporation President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian, IHG CEO Keith Barr, Accor Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin and Radisson Hotel Group President and CEO Federico Gonzalez.

They will be joined by representatives of tourism organizations from around the world representing investors, destination operators, travel agencies and technology firms. These include Government officials such as Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, Austrian State Secretary for Tourism Susanne Kraus-Winkler, Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport Hon. Lisa Cummins and the Deputy PM and Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, Hon. Chester Cooper.

Other notable attendees who will be speaking at the summit include former UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon and former UK Prime Minister Lady Theresa May.

During the Global Summit, industry leaders from a sector worth over 10% of global GDP (before the pandemic) will meet government officials from across the globe in the Saudi capital to continue aligning efforts to support the Travel & Tourism sector’s recovery and address the challenges ahead, to ensure a safer, more resilient, inclusive and sustainable sector.

WTTC president and CEO Julia Simpson said: “Theresa May has a long-standing interest in the environment. As Prime Minister, she launched the ‘25 Year Environmental Plan’ to tackle issues such as plastic waste. In 2019 she formally committed the UK to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so.

Saudi Arabia Minister of Tourism, HE Ahmed Al-Khateeb said: "This Global Summit comes at a pivotal time for the travel and tourism industry.  What the world's leaders and change makers discuss and debate here in Riyadh will have a major and lasting impact in ensuring that collectively we travel together for a better future."

Saudi Arabia's own ambitious tourism development strategy is anchored in major destinations that will be built on a sustainable platform with many powered by renewable energy such as the projects by NEOM and Red Sea Global. 

As the Summit is being held just a few weeks after COP 27 in Egypt, the delicate balancing act between creating tourism destinations in the world's most beautiful and pristine locations with the needs of the environment will also be a major topic throughout the gathering.

With sustainable investments totaling $35.3 trillion in 2020, the travel and tourism sector is now actively seeking enhanced frameworks to measure environmental impact. This includes examining ways to reverse biodiversity loss and implement new Nature Positive tourism, sustainable aviation fuel use and effective waste management systems and single use plastic reduction.