The first WTTC Europe Leaders Forum takes place today in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by Turismo de Portugal and the Portuguese Ministry of Tourism.
In her opening address to the 150 leaders present, WTTC President & CEO, Gloria Guevara said, “Travel & Tourism accounts for 10.4% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs and has consistently outperformed the economy as a whole. Here in Europe, which attracts over half of global international arrivals, Travel & Tourism contributes 9.9% to GDP and in 2017 the sector grew more than twice as fast as the rest of the economy. IATA is forecasting an additional 1.5 billion passengers a year in Europe by 2036.
“The challenge for the future is to ensure that growth is maintained and is sustainable, providing benefits for local communities, be they in large cities or remote rural areas, and ensuring a great experience for the
Guevara highlighted three areas of opportunity for Europe:
1. Growth needs to be sustainable, planned for the
2. Crisis preparedness, where destinations and the private sector work together to learn from previous experience and ensure an integrated approach to dealing with crises such as extreme weather events, health pandemics
3. Improve efficiency and travel security through the use of technologies such as biometrics, which put a seamless
“WTTC calls for action in these areas so that Europe maintains competitiveness and
WTTC’s Europe Leaders Forum is the first in a series of regional events to take place in 2018 and attracted over 150 leaders from across the region including H.E. Manuel Caldeira Cabra, Minister of Economy, Portugal, H.E. Ana Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal, H.E. Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism of Greece, Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook, Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, and Kike Sarasola, President & Founder, Room Mate Hotels & BeMate.com.
Gloria Guevara congratulated host country Portugal on impressive growth and a focus on investment and
I would like to thank Portuguese Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Godinho and Luis Araujo, President of Turismo de Portugal for hosting us in the beautiful city of Lisbon.”
Destination stewardship, crisis preparedness