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Thu, 19 April 2018

WTTC Names President Mauricio Macri of Argentina as World Leader for Travel & Tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has named President Mauricio Macri of Argentina as its first World Leader for Travel & Tourism

 The recognition was announced at the opening ceremony of the 2018 WTTC Global Summit which is taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

President Mauricio Macri of Argentina. Picture by Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation). Click to enlarge.

In his speech to the World Economic Forum in January 2018, President Macri highlighted the economic potential for tourism in Argentina, particularly in the north of the country and where significant investment is planned. In 2017 in Argentina there were a million more air passengers than in 2016.

Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of WTTC, said, “President Macri has demonstrated great commitment to the travel and tourism sector and we are proud to recognise the President as our first WTTC world Leader for Travel & Tourism. His clear message of Argentina being ‘open for business’ has benefited tourism enormously. President Macri has set the standard for best practice in global leadership within the travel and tourism industry as his policies have facilitated continuous growth and economic development within Argentina. Moreover, his leadership extends to the Presidency of the G20 and we thank him for his support for our sector in that forum. On behalf of WTTC and our members, thank you and congratulations.”

The WTTC says that its World Leaders for Travel & Tourism initiative is designed to “recognise serving Heads of State or Government who have shown exceptional support for the sector during their term of office, both within their own country and at the global level”.

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