Tourism leaders from around the world on November 2, will once again come together for the Ministers’ Summit at WTM London to set out a roadmap for a safer, greener and smarter future for the sector.
For more than 10 years, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and WTM have partnered for the high-level summit. Given the unprecedented scale of the challenge tourism is facing this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, UNWTO and WTM will partner with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) for the first time in the event’s history.
“UNWTO is working closely with governments around the world, as well as with the private sector, and key UN agencies to guide the responsible and sustainable restart of tourism, making clear our sector’s unique potential to create jobs, support livelihoods and protect heritage. The Ministers’ Summit provides a valuable platform for high-level dialogue, uniting public and private sector leaders as we work together to build for the future,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said.
The 2020 Summit will present an opportunity for leaders to share their experiences and plans for recovery in a post-pandemic world. About 100 ministers are expected to take part, along with 100 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts.
“This summit comes at a crucial time and will offer a vital forum for planning and sharing ideas for 2021 and onwards, as we begin to recover from this global pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on our industry and has threatened the jobs of millions of people whose very livelihoods depend on a thriving travel & tourism sector,” Gloria Guevara, WTTC president & CEO said.
Physical distancing and other safety measures will be in place with ministers and WTM London both committing to following Public Health England directives and government guidelines.
World Travel Market (WTM) London 2020 will be held at the ExCeL expo center during November 2-4.