Bangkok to host 2017 WTTC summit


Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s minister of Tourism and Sports

BANGKOK has been chosen as the host destination for the 2017 WTTC Global Summit, slated to take place from April 26-27, 2017.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) made the announcement at the closing speech of the 16th WTTC Global Summit which took place in Dallas, Texas on April 7.

Explaining the decision, David Scowsill, president and CEO of WTTC, said: “Thailand is an extremely well established travel and tourism economy. Despite challenges, the sector grew by a stunning 18.4 per cent in 2015, contributing nearly 21 per cent to the country’s GDP (US$81.6 billion) and supported 5.9 million jobs, which is 15.4 per cent of the total employment.”

He added that he hopes to highlight the Thai government’s efforts in supporting travel and tourism across the country with the event.

Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s minister of Tourism and Sports, who was present at the 16th WTTC Global Summit, said: “We are excited and honoured to host next year’s WTTC Global Summit, which is a great opportunity to showcase Bangkok as an important meeting place for gathering the world’s top travel and tourism executives.

She added: “Being selected by the WTTC to host the summit acknowledges the commitment the Thai government has to the expansion of the travel and tourism sector in the country,”

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