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Tue, 17 November 2020

20th WTTC Global Hybrid Summit to Take Place in Cancun 23-25 March

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has confirmed that its 20th Global Summit, originally scheduled to take place in Spring 2020, will now take place as a hybrid event in Cancun, Mexico on 23-25 March 2021.

The hybrid format will include invitations to the live event at The Moon Palace Convention Centre, with restricted numbers and extensive outdoor sessions to ensure physical distancing.

Those unable to attend will be able to take part virtually, with up to 20,000 online free registrations available, enabling participants to listen to a range of specially invited international guest speakers headlining the event and engage in special breakout sessions.

Pool at The Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico. Click to enlarge.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said, Every aspect of the 20th WTTC Global Summit is being explored to ensure it complies with the worlds best available health and hygiene protocols to show with best practice, how major conferences can be held safely and securely in the new normal of the COVID19 world. WTTC wants the Global Summit to learn from the challenges of the pandemic to showcase how we can use this experience to adapt to COVID19 and lead the global travel and tourism sector back to recovery and save millions of jobs - and thousands of businesses large and small - which have been thrown into turmoil since the beginning of the year.

Research from the 2019 WTTC Economic Impact Report revealed how Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million in total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.

Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, Governor of Quintana Roo said, The WTTC Global Summit in Cancun will be the place where we will discuss the future of tourism in the new world. During the Global Summit, we will implement enhanced safety and hygiene protocols such as mask wearing, physical distancing, hygiene and sanitisation, along with fast turnaround testing, all of which will enable us to host a safe large-scale event. Today, Cancun Airport operates more than 300 daily flights, and the R rate remains below one. 

Previous Global Summits have attracted some of the biggest international speakers in the world, including former US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, former President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and former President of the European Commission, Jos Manuel Barroso.

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