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‘Safe and Seamless Travel’ on Agenda of UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit

World Travel Market 2015, ExCeL, London - General view, UNWTO Ministers' Debate.

The UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit hosts an array of leading speakers from both the private and public sector to discuss the key topic of safe and seamless travel at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) London.

WTM_2016_1The Summit – Tourism and Security: Promoting Safe and Seamless Travel – will address the major safety and security challenges facing the tourism sector, how to address them and how the private and public sector can work together to develop a safe and resilient tourism sector.

“Safe and Seemless travel is the key topic for all those involved in global travel and tourism”, World Travel Market London, Senior Director, Simon Press, said. “All the speakers at this year’s summit have direct experience of the impact of terrorism and the fight to keep nations, citizens and tourists safe. I look forward to a thought-provoking and productive discussion.”

Speakers at this year’s event include: Fritz Joussen, TUI Chief Executive Officer; Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive; Nina Brooks, Head, Security, Airports Council International (ACI) World; H.E. Mohamed Yehia Rashed, Minister of Tourism, Egypt; Ryoichi Matsuyama, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) President; Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Kenya; Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis, Minister of Tourism, Malta; H.E. Selma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Tunisia; H.E. Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Turkey; Aldo Lale-Demoz, Deputy Executive Director and Director of the Division for Operations UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); Isabel Hill, National Travel and Tourism Office United States Department of Commerce Director; H.E. Beatrice Maille, Consular Policy Bureau Global Affairs Canada Director General; and David Scowsill, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President and CEO.

“Safety and security are key pillars of tourism development and we need to strengthen our common action to build a safe, secure, and seamless travel framework”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “I trust this Summit will help us move forward on this important common challenge as we work to ensure that safety and security can go hand in hand with promoting a seamless travel experience.”

The session is chaired by CNN International’s Becky Anderson.

The summit will take place on Wednesday, November 9, at the WTM Global Stage.

The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is an official media partner of WTM London 2016.

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