The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced the departure of president David Scowsill after six years at the helm of the organisation. During his tenure as the third president in the 26 year history of WTTC, he has taken the organisation to new heights, championing the private sector views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the sustainable growth of tourism.
World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill has urged over 900 leading figures from the public and private sector to stand up and make a real difference, to think about how they can “transforming our world” as the Global Summit 2017 gets underway in Bangkok.
World Travel & Tourism Council chairman Gerald Lawless has urged governments around the world to improve visa applications to boost what he called “freedom to travel”. The use of electronic visa systems would greatly enhance international travel, he explained.
There are indications in flight search data that sentiment towards the US has suffered significantly in recent weeks, as a consequence of the Trump administration’s controversial attempted travel ban on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The UK tourism sector is expected to hold up in 2017, despite continued uncertainty due to Brexit, reduced consumer spending power, and the weaker pound. That is according to a new World Travel & Tourism Council Economic Impact Report 2017, released today.
China is one of the most successful examples of where prioritisation of tourism in government policy leads to higher income and more jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. Speaking at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, WTTC president David Scowsill emphasised the power of tourism to drive economic growth and create jobs and highlighted the government of the People’s Republic of China’s recognition of this.
One in ten of all tourism investment dollars will go into ASEAN countries over the next ten years, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council. According to the research, Travel & Tourism Investment in ASEAN, over the years 2016 – 2026, 9.7 per cent (nearly one in ten dollars) of global investment in tourism will be in ASEAN. Travel investment in ASEAN over the next decade will total US$782 billion, which is 7.4 per cent of all investment in the region.
David Scowsill has called for the tourism sector to be more accessible, during a speech at World Tourism Day celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. The president and chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council said: “Tourism needs to take accessibility requirements seriously.”
The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued a challenge to tourism organisations to show how sustainable they are by entering their sustainable business initiatives for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017. WTTC president David Scowsill said: “I am pleased to announce that the twenty-eighth annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme is now open for entries.”
Global tourism continues to register strong growth despite challenges from terrorism, political turmoil, global economic developments, and the Brexit decision, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The update of WTTC’s Economic Impact Reports 2016 shows that, despite the many challenges tourism has faced in the first six months of 2016, the sector is still expected to grow by 3.1 per cent, outpacing global economic growth forecast at 2.3 per cent.
The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute has been awarded Knowledge Partner status with the World Travel & Tourism Council. The decision sees the organisation join an exclusive group of six global research organisations participating in the WTTC’s research on the economic and social contribution of travel and tourism.
With terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, the World Travel & Tourism Council has launched a new report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace. While tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.