The WTTC will convene in Western Australia (WA) next year, as Perth has won the bid to host the 24th WTTC Global Summit.
The WTTC is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of travel, tourism and trade and promotes the sustainable and inclusive growth of the sector.
Hosting the summit will position WA as a leader in travel, tourism and trade, with the event previously attracting high-profile attendees such as former US president Barack Obama, French president Emmanuel Macron, previous UN Leader Ban Ki-moon and environmental activist Bear Grylls.
Tourism WA’s managing director, Carolyn Turnbull said hosting the 24th WTTC Global Summit presented a significant opportunity for WA to demonstrate its growth, ambition and investment opportunities to WTTC’s members, which includes the CEOs of key travel businesses such as Etihad Airlines, Expedia and InterContinental.
“The effect of hosting this event goes far beyond the immediate economic impact generated from delegate spend; this event will open avenues for conversation around inbound trade and product investments, new inbound aviation routes and the development of high value tourism product business opportunities.
“Business delegates attending this event will be encouraged to extend their stay and explore further afield, so they can experience our dreamlike landscapes, world-class experiences, and expert tourism operators first-hand.”
Business Events Perth chair, Bradley Woods, added: “As identified within the Western Australian Government’s Diversify WA economic development framework, tourism is a key sector within our state’s growing and diverse economy… with our growing direct international air capacity, world-class event spaces and unique tourism offerings, WA is primed to be a global leader in growing our industry’s future; with repeated success in securing major sector focused business events.”
The business event was secured after a collaborative bid was presented by the WA Government, through Tourism WA and Business Events Perth, with additional bidding support from Business Events Australia.