|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:
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.
What was the economic impact of the Boxing Day Tsunami? And what can be
done to better evaluate the impact of disasters in future?
What is the best way for the industry to communicate in the face of a crisis?
How will India’s Travel & Tourism economy perform during the coming
How will China develop its rapidly growing Travel & Tourism sector?
What new experiences and technologies will revolutionize the way we travel?
In what circumstances is it right for the public and private sectors to
What strategies are needed to make a destination truly successful
How will the market develop over the coming year?
Which markets will be most active in the global investment scene?
Who are the inspirational leaders and what do they do?
What must be done to ensure Travel & Tourism realizes its full potential
for social and economic good?
Amongst the industry leaders and ministers taking part from around the
world will be:
Those from India include:
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
Christopher Rodrigues, President & CEO, Visa International
Barry Sternlicht, Executive Chairman, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
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”.
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
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.