The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) will now hold its 20th Global Summit, in April – a month later than the originally planned date.
The Global Summit is being organized in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and will be held in Cancun, Mexico on April 25 to April 27.
The WTTC made the decision to move its Global Summit from March into April to coincide with the expected relaxation of travel restrictions and the beginning of the sector’s recovery.
While Cancun is ready to host the Global Summit now, the international organization is confident that rescheduling the event will enable more international participants to take part and help lead the sector into recovery.
The event will take place in a hybrid format, allowing those unable to travel to benefit from the content virtually.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC president & CEO, said: “While Cancun is ready to host our Global Summit as planned, we believe that moving the event back by just a few weeks, will enable people from many more regions around the world to attend the event, in beautiful Cancun, one of the most popular destinations in the world.”
Guevara continued: “As the global vaccination rollout picks up pace and with international mobility rules expected to be relaxed over the coming weeks, more people from key regions will be able to participate and add to the conversation for the path to recovery.”
She noted that: “Those unable to attend the event in person, will be able to join virtually from anywhere in the world.”
Guevara pointed out that: “The Travel & Tourism sector has been devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 174m jobs impacted, making our Global Summit more relevant and important than ever. The WTTC Summit is the most important global platform for leaders of the sector to set the path forward, share the future of travel with the world and accelerate the sector’s recovery.”
And she concluded: “WTTC also wants to showcase how we can use this experience to adapt to COVID-19 and lead the global Travel & Tourism sector back to recovery and restore millions of jobs and livelihoods which have been thrown into turmoil since the beginning of last year.”