The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has
confirmed that its annual Global Summit will now be held in
Cancun, Mexico, and not in Puerto Rico as originally planned.
event had been scheduled to take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
from 21 – 23 April 2020.
Earlier this month a series of earthquakes hit the
island causing damage to buildings. Puerto Rico has said that the financial resources that had been
set aside to host the event, will instead be used for marketing efforts that promote
the country’s “open for tourism” message and drive immediate visitor
numbers to the Island.
Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of WTTC, said,
“WTTC remains strongly committed to supporting Puerto Rico’s
amazing comeback story as seen in their record-breaking year in
tourism last year. Although the Island was ready to welcome us
with open arms this April, despite the recent seismic activity in
the southern region, reallocating resources to continue this great
momentum is the right thing to do in order to further boost
tourism. We are looking forward to hosting an event in Puerto Rico
later this year.”
The WTTC Summit will be held in Cancun, Mexico,
from 21 - 23 April 2020, with the dates for another
official WTTC event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, expected to be announced in
the near future.
“This switch to Cancun will enable us to host a
Global Summit focused on the opportunities and challenges facing
our sector in 2020 and beyond, which will help to grow tourism
further. The 20th Global Summit will benefit and showcase not only
Mexico, but the wider regions of the US, Latin America and the
Caribbean,” added Ms. Guevara.