WTTC Global Summit 2016: Bangkok revealed as host for 2017 Global Summit

WTTC Global Summit 2016: Bangkok revealed as host for 2017 Global Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council has revealed the annual Global Summit will be hosted by Bangkok, Thailand on April 26th-27th 2017.

The location of the 2017 Global Summit was announced at the closing speech of the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas.

WTTC president David Scowsill said: “The WTTC Global Summit is the most influential tourism event of the year, bringing together hundreds of leaders from public sector organisations and private sector companies to discuss and tackle the most important issues in our sector.

“Travel is one of the most important generators of jobs and wealth in the world, contributing over $7.2 trillion in GDP to the world economy and supporting 284 million jobs, which is one in 11 jobs on the planet.”

Scowsill continued: “Thailand is an extremely well established tourism economy.

“Despite challenges, the sector grew by a stunning 18.4 per cent in 2015, contributing nearly 21 per cent to the country’s GDP (USD$ 81.6 billion or THB2.8 trillion) and supported 5.9 million jobs, which is 15.4 per cent of total employment.

“I am delighted that Bangkok will host the 2017 Global Summit, which will highlight the Thai government’s great efforts in supporting tourism across the country.”