The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global travel and tourism sector, has announced that its 22nd World Summit will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the end of 2022.
The annual WTTC Global Summit is the world’s most influential travel and tourism event. Saudi Arabia is leading a new global approach to ‘redesigning tourism’, and this summit in Riyadh will see industry leaders meet with key government representatives to drive support for the sector’s continued recovery, moving it to a safer, resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. .
The event in Saudi Arabia follows the upcoming highly anticipated World Summit to be held in Manila, Philippines, from March 14-16, 2022.
Speaking from the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC He said: “From the beginning, when the pandemic brought international travel to a halt almost completely, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has demonstrated its full commitment to our sector, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of the global agenda.
He has been instrumental in leading the recovery of an important sector of economies, jobs and livelihoods around the world.
“We are therefore grateful and want to acknowledge their incredible efforts by bringing the global travel and tourism sector to the Kingdom next year.”
His Excellency Al-Khatib, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia He said, “I welcome the decision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the host country for the next WTTC World Summit in 2022. This is an important forum for the private sector and government to come together to re-design tourism in the future, and it is great to have this event in the Kingdom. This is a recognition of Saudi leadership to help the global tourism sector to Recovery and, most importantly, becoming more sustainable. I look forward to welcoming all members of the WTTC next year.”
More details about the WTTC Global Summit in Riyadh will be announced in due course.
Coinciding with the announcement, the latest research from WTTC shows that the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East is set to grow 27.1% this year ahead of Europe and Latin America.
The research also shows that if governments prioritize travel and tourism, jobs in this sector could reach 6.6 million in 2022, approaching pre-pandemic levels.