wttc2016 securityIn closing the WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, the The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President & CEO David Scowsill announced that the WTTC Annual Global Summit will be hosted by Bangkok, Thailand on 26/27 April 2017.

Scowsill said, “The WTTC Global Summit is the most influential Travel & Tourism event of the year, bringing together hundreds of leaders from public sector organisations and private sector companies to discuss and tackle the most important issues in our sector.”

“Thailand is an extremely well established Travel & Tourism economy. Despite challenges, the sector grew by a stunning 18.4% in 2015, contributing nearly 21% to the country’s GDP (USD$ 81.6 billion or THB2.8 trillion) and supported 5.9 million jobs, which is 15.4% of total employment. I am delighted that Bangkok will host the 2017 Global Summit, which will highlight the Thai government's great efforts in supporting Travel & Tourism across the country,” added Scowsill.

At the closing speech, Scowsill also called on the Travel & Tourism sector to show the leadership required to keep people travelling despite concerns over security and the movement of refugees. “The boundaries which we are trying to break become the borders that others are trying to build,” he said. “Let’s go further than we have ever gone before in championing and resolving the big issues of our age. Let's claim the leadership position.”

“The key issue we have addressed is the implication for freedom to travel of the twin threats of terrorism and the movement displaced peoples. Global problems require a global response. That is why we welcome the challenge laid down by the US Government for the public and the private sectors to work together, to improve radically inter-agency cooperation and the sharing of information across the world.”

The 2016 WTTC Global Summit was hosted by Dallas CVB, with invaluable support from Brand USA, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Mexico Tourism Board, Sabre, Texas One, TravelTexas.com, United Airlines and the US Travel Association.

Next year, the WTTC Global Summit will take place from 26-27 April 2017 in Bangkok, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand and endorsed by the Royal Thai Government.

All the sessions from the Global Summit 2016 are still available to watch online at www.wttc.org