LONDON, 2 August 2017: World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has confirmed the appointment of Gloria Guevara Manzo as its new president & CEO.
She is the first woman to head the WTTC’s top management team.
She takes over from former WTTC president and CEO, David Scowsill, who announced his decision to resign after six years heading the council, earlier this year.
Manzo served as Secretary of Tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012 and a minister in the Cabinet of President Calderón.
Prior to that she worked for the global distribution system, Sabre, where most recently she was CEO of Sabre Mexico, reporting to the board of directors of a joint venture between Aeroméxico, Mexicana and Sabre Holdings.
She is currently special advisor on government affairs for the Centre on Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health, Harvard.
Announcing her appointment, WTTC Chairman Gerald Lawless said: “Gloria is a proven leader who is well known and well respected within the global Travel & Tourism sector. I am delighted that she will lead WTTC into the next phase of its development.”
Reflecting on her appointment, Manzo said: “Over the past few years, WTTC has grown enormously in stature and impact. I look forward to building on this great foundation to expand the Council’s advocacy work for Travel & Tourism, a sector, which accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs.”
“This is a critical time for Travel & Tourism and the 292 million people whose jobs depend on it. Future forecasts are strong, but with ongoing terrorism and environmental challenges, compounded by a world which is simultaneously ever more connected yet increasingly divided, now, more than ever, the sector needs to come together with one voice.”
WTTC is the world authority on Travel & Tourism with a membership which comprises over 150 CEOs of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies. It is the only global private sector organisation representing the breadth of the global business and leisure travel industries.
Ms Guevara, a Mexican national, is married and has a son and a daughter.