David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016, will address the WTTC Global Summit in 2017.
The Global Summit, this year taking place in Bangkok, will bring together global leaders from the private and public sectors of tourism to explore the theme of ‘Transforming our World’.
Also on the agenda will be how the sector’s contribution to sustainable development can be maximised.
Cameron will discuss some of the key geopolitical issues currently facing the world in which the sector operates.
The youngest UK Prime Minister for almost 200 years, in 2015 he also became the first ever British prime minister to increase both his party’s share of the vote and their number of seats in the commons, having already served a full term as premier.
He was forced to step down in 2016 after losing a voted on British membership of the European Union.
WTTC president Scowsill said “I am delighted that Cameron will join us at our Global Summit this year.
“His international stature and first-hand experience of leadership on the world stage will bring extremely valuable insights to our members and delegates.
“His views on the big issues currently facing an ever-changing world will be eagerly anticipated.”
The 2017 Summit will see leaders in their field addressing a range of issues, including the future of tourism as globalisation is called into question; the impact of security threats and climate change on the right and ability of people to travel; the constraints to increased connectivity and infrastructure development in the ASEAN region; and the innovations which will enable tourism growth over the coming decades.
Sessions will also include a discussion on digital borders, and how to balance security with travel facilitation; the growing internationalisation of Chinese tourism, both in terms of acquisitions and outbound travellers; how the sector can balance projected growth with protecting destinations; and future trends in business and luxury travel.
Scowsill continued: “I am extremely pleased to be announcing this year’s exciting and thought provoking programme, where we will dissect tourism’s power to transform economies, places and lives.
“I am particularly delighted that these discussions will take place in Thailand, in the context of a country where tourism has for many years played a vital role in economic development, and where many sustainability challenges have been overcome.”
The WTTC Global Summit will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from April 26th-27th.