The Manila Summit brought together more than a thousand high-level delegations from around the world, including business leaders, ministers and decision-makers in the global travel and tourism sector, who exchanged discussions and ideas on how to enhance the sector’s recovery journey.
The CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Julia Simpson, stressed that they and an elite group of leaders in the global travel and tourism sector are committed to paving the way for a bright, secure and sustainable future. Creating more than 126 million job opportunities, equivalent to one out of every three new jobs in the market, looking forward to the 22nd World Summit to be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh this year, which will highlight the next stage of the sector’s recovery journey.
In turn, His Excellency the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib, said: “In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we are proud to host the next summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council later this year. The Kingdom now represents a new and ambitious destination that aims to shape the tourism sector to become more flexible, comprehensive and sustainable, benefiting from our capabilities.” our creative and innovative capabilities, and we look forward to welcoming global travel and tourism leaders to the Kingdom and exchanging experiences and knowledge with them.”
For his part, many ministers and travel and tourism leaders from all over the world, under the slogan “Rediscover Travel”, renewed their commitment to consolidating cooperation between the public and private sectors, as they explored ways to strengthen the sector to adapt to the Corona pandemic.
The summit witnessed the launch of the “Hotel Sustainability Fundamentals” initiative on sustainability aspects, which represented a starting point for strengthening the foundations of sustainability in the global hospitality sector and encouraging responsible tourism. Almost half a million people, and indicated that 51% of the participants expressed their desire to travel.