Spain hosts WTTC summit

LONDON, 24 April 2018: The World Travel & Tourism Council confirmed at the weekend its WTTC Global Summit will take place in Seville, Spain, 3 to 4 April 2019.

The location of the 2019 Global Summit was announced at the closing ceremony of the 18th WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The 2019 WTTC Global Summit will be hosted by Ayuntamiento of Seville, in partnership with Turismo Andaluz and Turespaña.

Travel & Tourism is one of the leading sectors stimulating economic growth and employment worldwide.

In 2017, the global Travel & Tourism sector grew at 4.6%, faster than the global economy as a whole (3% growth during 2017) and generated USD 8.3 trillion in GDP (10.4%) and 313 million jobs.

Travel & Tourism is a significant contributor to Spain’s economy, accounting for 14.9% of GDP (EUR 172.9bn) and 15.1% of jobs (2.8 million jobs).

Spain’s travel sector enjoyed a very successful 2017, overtaking the US to become the second most visited country in the world.

WTTC president & CEO, Gloria Guevara Manzo  said: “We are extremely excited to bring next year’s WTTC Global Summit back to Europe for the first time since 2015, to Seville, Spain, a welcoming, diverse, and well-connected city, which topped Lonely Planet’s list of best cities to visit in 2018.”

Manzo added: “WTTC’s annual Global Summit brings together the most influential figures from the public and private sector to address the challenges and opportunities facing Travel & Tourism. Hosting the Summit in Seville is a reflection of the commitment and efforts of the Spanish government to growing business and leisure travel, and we are very much looking forward to April 2019.”