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The Top 10 Issues for Discussion at the 5th Global
Travel & Tourism Summit in New Delhi
from April 8-10, 2005

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New Delhi – April 4, 2005 - At the 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, which will take place in New Delhi from April 8-10, 2005, business leaders and government ministers will discuss all the big questions confronting the industry in a series of highly interactive discussions, interspersed by key-note speeches from the President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and some of the world’s most prominent and successful business people.

Their top 10 issues include:

  1. What was the economic impact of the Boxing Day Tsunami? And what can be done to better evaluate the impact of disasters in future?
  2. What is the best way for the industry to communicate in the face of a crisis?
  3. How will India’s Travel & Tourism economy perform during the coming year?
  4. How will China develop its rapidly growing Travel & Tourism sector?
  5. What new experiences and technologies will revolutionize the way we travel?
  6. In what circumstances is it right for the public and private sectors to collaborate?
  7. What strategies are needed to make a destination truly successful
  8. How will the market develop over the coming year?
  9. Which markets will be most active in the global investment scene?
  10. Who are the inspirational leaders and what do they do?
  11. What must be done to ensure Travel & Tourism realizes its full potential for social and economic good?
As one of the largest industries in the world today, responsible for employing more than 200 million people and generating over 10 per cent of global GDP, Travel & Tourism is of great strategic importance to government as it is on a growth trend, it can provide a path towards economic prosperity and is unique in its ability to redistribute wealth from the more to the less affluent people in society.

Amongst the industry leaders and ministers taking part from around the world will be:

  • Dimitris Avramopoulos, Minister of Tourism, Greece
  • David Baffsky, Chairman, Accor Asia Pacific
  • Douglas Baker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance, US Department of Commerce
  • Roger Bootle, Managing Director, Capital Economics
  • Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Carlson Companies
  • Ahmed El Maghraby, Minister of Tourism, Egypt
  • Sebastián Escarrer, Vice-Chairman, Sol Melia
  • Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Michael Frenzel, Chairman, TUI AG
  • Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder & Chairman, easyGroup
  • James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, Gulf Air
  • J Willard Marriott Jr., Chairman & CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Alan Parker, Chief Executive, Whitbread plc
  • Wang Ping, Chairman, Chamber of Tourism Commerce, China Federations of Industry Commerce
  • Christopher Rodrigues, President & CEO, Visa International
  • Barry Sternlicht, Executive Chairman, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Those from India include:
  • Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, The Honourable President of India
  • Raymond Bickson, Managing Director Indian Hotels Company Ltd
  • Renuka Chowdhury, Minister of Tourism, India
  • PRS Oberoi, Chairman, The Oberoi Group
  • Lalit Suri, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Hotels Ltd
Renuka Chowdhury, Minister of Tourism, India said “Hosting the prestigious 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in India gives us an opportunity to welcome industry leaders and showcase our rising Travel industry. Tourism is gaining momentum across the globe with its enormous influence on economy and employment generation capability. The interactive sessions and discussion among the public and private sector leaders will not only be enriching but also set into motion future trends and strategies. The summit will give India a tremendous impetus to realize its potential”.

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC President, added:  “Travel & Tourism has tremendous potential for social and economic good.  At this year’s Summit, the most influential people in the industry will take a step closer to realizing that potential.”

For further information about the 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, including full details of the programme, please visit www.GlobalTravelTourism.com.

About the World Travel & Tourism Council

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global business leaders’ forum for Travel & Tourism. Its Members are Chairmen, Chief Executives and Presidents of the world’s most prominent Travel & Tourism organizations. It is the only body, representing the private sector in all parts of the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide.

Contact:

WTTC
www.WTTC.org
Olivia Ruggles-Brise
+44 20 7481 8007
olivia@wttc.org

Also See: Competitive Bidding Lures WTTC's 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit to New Delhi in April 2005 / August 2004
WTTC's 4th Global Summit in Qatar Addressed Priorities for Driving Change in Travel & Tourism / May 2004


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