The World Travel and Tourism Global Summit 2017 is scheduled to take place from 26-27 April in Bangkok. Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), this is the first time that this event has been held in Southeast Asia.
The WTTC Global Summit 2017 will see leaders in their field addressing a range of issues, including the future of travel and tourism as globalisation is called into question; the impact of security threats and climate change on the right and ease of ability of people to travel; the constraints to increased connectivity and infrastructure development in the ASEAN region, and the innovations, which will enable travel and tourism growth over the coming decades.
Sessions will also include a discussion on digital borders, and how to balance security with travel facilitation; the growing internationalisation of Chinese tourism, both in terms of acquisitions and outbound travellers; how the sector can balance projected growth with protecting destinations, and future trends in business and luxury travel.
Mr. David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK, will address the conference, alongside other influential speakers from world leading tourism organisations.
Speakers include influential figures from travel and tourism and other sectors including, Professor Ian Goldin, Oxford Martin School; Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, World Tourism Organisation; H. E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul; Minster of Tourism and Sports of Thailand; Mr. Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO; Mr. Robert Jensen, CEO, Kenyon International Emergency Services; Sir David Tang, global entrepreneur and philanthropist; and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor.
WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will also be presented during the Summit on 27 April, showcasing the leaders in sustainable tourism in 2017.
Delegates attending the WTTC Summit will have the chance to take a tour to enjoy unique Thai experiences; such as, classes in Thai cooking at the Blue Elephant Cooking School or a trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where they can experience Thailand’s rustic traditions and culture.