Ministers Summit - WTM London

Ministers Summit

  • Ministers' Summit

    The Ministers' Summit is open to all WTM London attendees to listen to the debate.

    See below for the 2017 programme. New programme coming soon!
  • 'Overtourism': growth is not the enemy, it is how we manage it

    'Tourism-phobia' is an increasingly used term in reports from around the world, with pictures of citizens protesting against the 'invasion of tourists' and the expulsion of locals by tourism businesses.

    Tourism generates 10% of the world's GDP, 1 in every 10 jobs and 30% of world trade in services, and is therefore vital for many countries.

    Recognising how tourism can help address many of our common challenges, the United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and included the sector as part of the objectives set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The sustainable tourism sector promotes:

    • Environmental preservation and protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage
    • The engagement, commitment and respect for local communities.

    Managing the growing number of visitors to many popular destinations is crucial for both hosts and visitors. Tourism growth can and should lead to economic prosperity, jobs and resources while contributing to environmental protection and cultural preservation, as well as community development and progress.

  • The 2017 edition of the UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit will focus on the following issues:

    1. With international tourists reaching 1.2 billion in 2016, and expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030, how can we ensure the sustainable development and management of tourism making growth and sustainability go hand in hand?
    2. What public policies and strategies can be designed to address challenges of congestion management and pressure on natural and cultural resources from tourism?
    3. How to foster the dialogue between the tourism and local communities to strengthen effective engagement and coordination?
    4. How to address the public perception of tourism as a “bad” sector?
    5. What is the role of the private sector and how to build public/private sector partnerships to promote tourism as an effective tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Programme

    Opening Remarks
    Simon Press, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Director, WTM London
    Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
    Panel Debate moderated by CNN
    Max Foster, Anchor and London Correspondent, CNN

    Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
    H.E. Mrs. Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, Greece
    H.E. Mr. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), UAE
    Mr. Istvan Ujhelyi, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, European Parliament
    Mr. Patrick Robinson, Head of Policy for EMEA, Airbnb
    Ms. Kate Gibson, Vice President Global Corporate Responsibility, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)
    Ms. Inge Huijbrechts, VP Responsible Business, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
    Ms. Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
    Mr. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea Cruises
    H.E. Mr. Mauricio Ventura Aragón, Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica
    H.E. Mr. Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of Tourism, Mexico
    John Glen MP, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism, United Kingdom
    Closing Remarks
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