David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World
Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), has announced that he is to leave
the organisation after six years at its helm.
During his tenure as
the third President in the 26 year history of the WTTC, he has taken
the organisation to new heights, championing the private sector
views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the
sustainable growth of travel and tourism.
“It has been a privilege to lead WTTC,
representing the global interests of the private sector of travel
and tourism, through advocacy with governments around the world. The
membership of the organisation has doubled in the last period, but
more significant has been the work with governments at all levels
on the key strategic issues for the sector,” said Scowsill. “By
making this announcement now, the Executive Committee has time to
identify a successor and to work through a smooth transition in
leadership. Working with a very talented team, we have
consolidated the position of WTTC as the authority in the sector,
whether through research, advocacy, or the impact of the Global
Summits. I now look forward to focusing on new opportunities,
knowing that I am leaving WTTC in great shape.”
David Scowsill has been President & CEO of WTTC since October
2010. Amongst the highlights of his time, the public/private partnership with UNWTO has produced 84 meetings with Presidents
and Prime Ministers, where messages about the importance of the
sector have been directed to these key leaders.
As founder and
Chairman of The Global Travel Association Coalition, he ensured
that the travel industry spoke to governments with one voice on
key issues – from travel facilitation and terrorism, to infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.
Prior to WTTC, he served as Chairman or Director with
various companies, working for six years in private equity and
venture capital to execute a number of deals across the industry.
He was Chief Executive of Opodo and the Minit Group, after holding executive and board positions at Hilton Hotels, American Airlines
and British Airways.
“The Executive Committee
thanks David for his service and is very appreciative of the many
contributions he has made to the mission, growth and success of
the sector over the past 6 years,” said Gerald Lawless, Chairman,
WTTC. “Under his leadership and vision, WTTC is clearly positioned
as the private sector authority on travel and tourism, reflected in
the calibre and geographic diversity of the membership group.
During this transition period it will be business as usual, as the
Executive Committee works to identify a successor.”
The WTTC Global Summit is taking place in
Bangkok from 26-27 April 2017.
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