After two days of intensive discussion, world-class presentations and high level meetings, the 14th annual World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit has come to a close.
Chairman Michael Frenzel closed proceedings with an address to delegate.
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Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for me to officially bring the 14th annual World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit to a close.
It has been an exceptionally enjoyable, constructive and beneficial two days during which we have debated and exchanged valuable insights into the importance of our industry globally, as well as regionally here in China.
There is no doubt that we will leave here with greater insight into our responsibilities as tourism leaders in a changing and uncertain political and economic world, where tourism is without doubt a force for good.
Thank you also to all of you, our members and our delegates, for participating in this summit.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be here.
We have enjoyed each other’s company and the opportunity to share our views and experiences.
I would also like to thank all our speakers and panellists for their extremely interesting and informative contributions to our business sessions over the past two days.
On behalf of WTTC, I would again like to express our enormous gratitude to the China National Tourism Association, and the People’s Government of the Province of Hainan, for your wonderful support in staging this summit.
Thank you to everyone here in Sanya and the Hainan Province for making us feel so welcome and for allowing us to experience the luxurious hospitality, natural surroundings and rich cultural heritage of this unique tourism destination.
I am delighted that in September of this year, our second Americas Summit will take place in Lima in Peru on September 10th-11th.
We hope to see many of you there, where we will again unite tourism leaders from across the whole region and build on the success of our first Americas Summit in Mexico in 2012.
I am also honoured to confirm that our 15th Global Summit will take place next April 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
We look forward to returning to Europe as the location for our Global Summit for the first time since 2007.
Our hosts for the event will be the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Tourism of the Government of Spain; Madrid Province; and the Mayor of Madrid.
I wish you all a safe onward journey and goodbye until we meet again and declare the 2014 Hainan Summit in China closed. Thank you.