WTTC bullish on London’s tourism

November 7, 2017 by  
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London, 7 November 2017: London generates more spend from international visitors than any other city in Europe, according to a new report released Monday by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

In 2016, international visitors spent around UKP11.2billion (€18.9billion) in London, more than in any other city in Europe.  Visitors from within the UK spent a further UKP1.74 billion (€2.94bn). Overall Travel & Tourism directly employs 228,000 jobs in the capital and in terms of Travel & Tourism GDP contribution, London accounts for nearly 19% of the UK’s total.

Other cities which make up the top five for international spend in Europe are Istanbul (€17.5bn), Barcelona (€13.6bn), Amsterdam (€11.8bn) and Paris (€10.4bn). Read more

Tourism leaders condemn terror attack

August 22, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 22 August 2017: Two global travel organisations, UNWTO and WTTC have strongly condemned the latest terrorist attacks in Spain.

UNWTO called it a “heinous attack” perpetrated in the city of Barcelona and expressed heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims and to the people and government of Spain.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also strongly condemned the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Read more

WTTC name first woman president

August 2, 2017 by  
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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. Read more

WTTC takes a swipe at Cuba ban

June 23, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 23 June 2017: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) expressed disappointment at President Trump’s plan to reverse key elements of the trading relationship between the US and Cuba, which was originally outlined by President Obama in 2014 and by his visit last year.

“The Cuban people are directly benefiting from increased business and leisure travel to Havana. Travel brings income to the people who work in our industry. President Trump’s statements indicate that the Cuban people, rather than the government will be hit by this policy change,” said WTTC president & CEO, David Scowsill.

“Airlines, cruise lines and hotel groups have all made significant investments and plans to create jobs and to grow the industry in Cuba, based on clear direction from the previous administration. Our sector needs consistency from governments and stability of policy. This is a clear and unwelcome reversal.” Read more

Tourism top of the Thai pile

June 23, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 23 June 2017: Thailand’s tourism sector is one of the strongest performers out of nine of the country’s industry sectors covered in a new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017 compares Travel & Tourism to eight other sectors, which are considered to have similar breadth and global presence, across 27 countries and six regions.

The section on Thailand showed that business and leisure travel directly contributed THB1.3 trillion (USD37 billion) to Thailand’s GDP in 2016, which is higher than all other eight sectors researched in the study. Read more

WTTC names annual award winners

April 28, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: World Travel & Tourism Council announced, Thursday, the Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards honour “inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe,” the WTTC announcement read.

Awards were presented in five categories, which reflected the WTTC’s aim of ‘balancing the interests of people, planet, and profits’. Read more

Scowsill leaves WTTC in June

April 27, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced Wednesday the departure of president & CEO 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 championed the private sector views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the sustainable growth of Travel & Tourism.

“It has been a privilege to lead WTTC, representing the global interests of the private sector of Travel & Tourism, through advocacy with governments around the world. The membership of the organisation has doubled in the last period, but more significant has been the work with governments at all levels on the key strategic issues for the sector,” said Scowsill. Read more

10% of all jobs linked to tourism

March 22, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 22 March 2017: Travel and tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016 as the sector grew by 3.3%, outpacing the global economy for the sixth year in a row, reads a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of travel and tourism impact on global level, for 25 regions, and 185 countries.

According to the research, travel and tourism grew by 3.3% in 2016, generating USD7.6 trillion worldwide, which is 10.2% of global GDP when the direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector supported a total of 292 million jobs in 2016, which is 1 in 10 of all jobs in the world. Read more

WTTC tells Trump home truths

February 15, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 15 February 2017: “The United States is in danger of taking the same path it took after the 9/11 terror attacks, which led to a decade of economic stagnation in the Travel & Tourism sector,” said World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), president & CEO, David Scowsill, during a speaking engagement in Las Vegas, Tuesday.

“Strict visa policies and inward-looking sentiment led to a USD600 billion loss in tourism revenues in the decade post 9/11, as previously reported by the US Travel Association, with a noted 9% drop in international arrivals in the period 2001 to 2009.”

“The Trump Administration is in danger of steering the country in the same direction, which could have a huge impact on the country’s Travel & Tourism sector, which generates over 8% of the country’s GDP and supports nearly 10% of total employment in the US,” warned Scowsill. Read more

Support for sustainability year

February 9, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 9 February 2017: Travel-related associations worldwide have endorsed UNWTO’s initiative to designate 2017, International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Global Travel Association Coalition, which brings together the major global travel associations and organisations, said in a statement Wednesday it was an opportunity to underline the immense socio-economic opportunities, and encourage understanding, peace and sustainable development, worldwide.

GTAC consists of the major associations in the global travel and tourism sector, namely ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, PATA, UNWTO WEF, and WTTC. Read more

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