WTM Ministerial Programme

  • UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit: Investment in Tourism Technology

    Tuesday 6 November 2018 11:00-13:00 London, United Kingdom

    WTM Global Stage, Exhibitor Floor, South Hall Entrance S10 - AS1350, ExCeL

    The UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit will provide a truly practical platform for tourism leaders of the public and private sectors to share best practices and explore investment opportunities in tourism technology.

    This year, we present a disruptive new format. With the private sector crucial in setting the tourism agenda, we invite private sector leaders to a panel on investment in tourism technology. This will be followed by a round table of both ministers and private sector to discuss a way forward for tourism that includes stronger public-private partnerships and an agenda for the sector’s digital transformation.

    Developing an innovation ecosystem, data-driven decision making, digital destination branding, and the role of government and policy are among the topics to be addressed. With last year’s WTM sparking a million meetings, the Summit will expand its impact with a focus on creating and exchanging innovative ideas and partnerships for the sector’s future.

  • Proposed Agenda

    Tuesday 6 November 2018
    Moderator: Richard Quest, CNN
    Opening & Welcome Remarks
    Simon Press, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Director, WTM London
    Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO
    Private Sector Panel: Investment in Tourism Technology
    Considering the impact of technology in tourism, from Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Artificial Intelligence (AI), for a seamless, personalized and exciting tourism experience and for the growing necessity for stakeholders to adopt a digital strategy, investment in tourism technology is growing in importance. Leading investors will present the challenges and opportunities in investing in tourism technology.

    Alexis Bonte Venture Partner, CEO& Co-Founder, Atomico & eRepubliks Lab
    Lio Chen, Managing Director, Travel & Hospitality Center of Innovation, Plug and Play
    Morten Lund, Investor, Founder & CEO, Poshtel & ConsultingXO
    Victor Chua, Founding & Managing Partner, Vynn Capital
    Ministerial Discussion: Investing in the Future of Tourism
    Ministers and other public sector stakeholders will join the private sector panelists and engage in a discussion on the way forward for tourism. The backdrop is a world where tourists are one click away from their next destination and share their interest and emotions in real-time, and where technological advances have an exponential impact on management efficiency and sustainability. Ecosystem development, data-driven decision making, digital destination branding, the role of government and policy, are among the topics to be addressed.

    Hon. Catherine A. Afeku, Minister, Ghana
    H.E. Enrique de la Madrid , Secretary of State of Tourism, Mexico
    Hon. Michael Ellis, MP/Parliamentary Under Secretary, of State of Arts, Heritage and Tourism, United Kingdom
    H.E. Mohammad Al Meheiri, Head of the National Tourism Authority, United Arab Emirates
    H.E. Rashidi Hasbullah, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia
    Mr. Benjamín José Liberoff Nemirovsky, Vice Minister Uruguay
    Jason Song, CEO, Drore
    Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA
    Terry von Bibra, General Manager, Europe, Alibaba Group
    Closing Remarks

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