History Was Made
On 7 October 2020, history was made as the G20 Tourism Ministers, under Saudi Arabia’s leadership, hosted more than 45 CEOs and WTTC Members, who presented a plan to save the ailing Travel & Tourism sector and 100 million jobs globally. Past crises have demonstrated that the G20 is the best platform for international collaboration.
During their G20 Chairmanship, Saudi Arabia requested the collaboration of the Travel & Tourism private sector in developing a path to recovery. In response, WTTC’s Members developed and presented a concrete plan aimed at restarting international travel.
During the event Gloria Guevara emphasised the importance of public and private sector collaboration to speed recovery. The CEOs and international organisations that attended the meeting spoke on the importance of resuming international travel, which is key for global economic recovery.
Attendees highlighted the importance of coordinated testing programmes and protocols at departure points as the solution to regain consumer confidence and recover millions of jobs. There was also support for international corridors, such as London-New York, to boost international travel.
With more than 197 million jobs set to be impacted by end of 2020, attendees agreed that decisive action was needed to relieve social hardship caused by the pandemic.
Among the CEOs from the global private sector invited by Saudi Arabia were, Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation; Keith Barr, InterContinental Hotels Group; Alex Cruz, British Airways; Jerry Inzerillo, DGDA; Kurt Ekert, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; Greg O’Hara, Certares; Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports; Puneet Chatwal, Indian Hotel Company; Tadashi Fujita, Japan Airlines; Gabriel Escarrer, Melia; Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises; Jane Sun, Trip.com; Friedrich Joussen, TUI; Federico J. González, Radisson Hotel Group; Manfredi Lefebvre, Abercrombie & Kent; Alex Zozaya, Apple Leisure Group; Jeff Rutledge, American International Group; Adnan Kazim, Emirates Group; Darrell Wade, Intrepid; Brett Tollman, The Travel Corporation; Ariane Gorin, Expedia; Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt; Vivian Zhou, Jin Jang Int. Group; Johny Zakhem, Accor; Heike Birlenbach, Deutsche Lufthansa AG; Ayhan Bektas, OTI Holding; Geoffrey J.W. Kent, Abercrombie & Kent; Gustavo Lipovich, Aerolineas Argentinas; Leonel Andrade, CVC; Jack Kumada, JTB; Roberto Alvo, LATAM Airlines Group; Vikram Oberoi, The Oberoi Group; Craig Smith, Marriott; Shirley Tan, Rajawali Property Group; Budi Tirtawisata, Panorama Tours; Gibran Chapur, Palace Hotels; Bander Al-Mohanna, Flynas; Nicholas Naples, Amaala; Ali Al-Rakban, Aqalat; Dr Mansoor Al-Mansoor, Riyadh Airport; Amr AlMadani, Royal Commission Al Ula; Nabeel Al-Jama, Aramco; Andrew McEvoy, NEOM; John Pagano, The Red Sea Development Company; Ibrahim Alkoshy, Saudia; Abdullah Al Dawood, Seera Group; Talal Bin Ibrahim Al Maiman, Kingdom Holding; Fettah Tamince, Rixos; Hussain Sajwani, DAMAC; Tran Doan-a The Duy, Vietravel. Joseph Birori, Primate Safaries.
Alexandre de Juniac, Director General, IATA, Fang Liu, Secretary General, ICAO, were also added their voice to testing being the solution to eliminate quarantines. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of UNWTO also contributed to the debate.
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