In a departure from its by-invite tradition, the 2019 WTTC Global Summit, set to take place in Spain’s Seville on April 3-4, is now open to industry professionals keen to attend the event.
This will be the first time industry professionals will be able to attend WTTC’s annual summit by paying a recovery fee — interested participants can write to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Until now, the summit has been by invitation only, encompassing WTTC members and travel leaders.
The 2019 summit will be centred on the theme of Changemakers to “(outline) a future vision of travel & tourism with the pioneering individuals and disruptive ideas that will make it happen”, Gloria Guevara, WTTC president & CEO, said in a statement. Entrepreneurship, innovation, and inclusivity will be at the core of conversation throughout the summit.
WTTC has revamped the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards categories to introduce a special Changemakers Award to mark the summit’s theme, alongside the Social Impact Award, Destination Stewardship Award, Climate Action Award and Investing in People Award.
Applications for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are open and will close on November 14, 2018. Visit wttc.org/T4TAwards for category guidelines, case studies on past winners, and the application form.
Meanwhile, destination hosts Ayuntamiento of Seville, Turismo Andaluz and Turespaña are leveraging the WTTC Global Summit to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the departure of the first circumnavigation of the world, which set out from Seville.
Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville, said: “The global summit will demonstrate the extraordinary economic and tourist potential of Seville. It offers a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to recognise the possibilities of investment in the city and for tourists to see Seville as a destination of global importance.”
Francisco Javier Fernandez, tourism minister of Andalusia, added: “The WTTC Global Summit is a great opportunity to continue strengthening the international positioning of Andalusia, which is known as one of the world’s leading tourism regions.”