CEO’s of Thomas Cook & MSC Cruises are prepared to speak at WTTC European Leaders Forum

Published on : Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Today, the World Travel & Tourism Council or WTTC declared that global leaders from the Travel & Tourism sector will meet at the first WTTC European Leaders Forum in Lisbon, Portugal on 11 September 2018.


Organized by Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal, and Turismo de Portugal, this invitation-only event will draw all the CEOs and regional leaders of the top Travel & Tourism companies from all over Europe, along with Tourism Ministers and regional experts.


The WTTC European Leaders Forum will appoint a select group of leaders who will be entrusted to talk about the four of the main issues facing the region’s Travel & Tourism sector: the role of tourism in sustainable urban development, tourism and the future of work, unlocking investment in the tourism of Europe, and supporting innovation in tourism.


H.E Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, Portugal, H.E Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal, Peter Fankhauser, CEO, Thomas Cook Group, and Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises will be joined on stage by; Kike Sarasola, President & Founder, Room Mate Hotels &; Robert Swade, CEO, Grace Hotels; Andrea Grisdale, CEO, IC Bellagio; and Mário Ferreira, CEO Mystic Invest, Alain Dupeyras, Head of the Regional Development and Tourism Division, OECD, Aradhana Khowala, CEO & Founder, Aptamind Partners, Miguel Leitmann, Founder & CEO, Vision-Box, Kimmo Maki, President & CEO, Finavia, Ian Taylor, Executive Editor, Travel Weekly, Enrique Ybarra, Founder, President & CEO, City Sightseeing Worldwide, Luís Araújo, President, Turismo de Portugal; Robin Rossmann, Managing Director, STR; Öznur Özdemir Özaltin, Chief Executive, Özaltin Holding (Tourism Group), Ozaltin Holding, Tim Moonen, Manging Director, The Business of Cities.


To quote Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC, “We are delighted to be holding our first WTTC Europe Leaders Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. Europe is the largest and most mature tourism market in the world, with tourism generating Euro 1.8 trillion to European economies and supporting 36.6 million jobs. Throughout Europe, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies. This is particularly the case in Portugal, where Travel & Tourism accounted for 17.3% of GDP in 2017 (USD38.0bn) and generates 1 in 5 of the country’s jobs.”


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