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Puerto Rico will host World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit next year

By on April 4, 2019

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Body’s president says pick ‘reflects the commitment and efforts of the government and tourist board’

SAN JUAN – The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced that its 2020 Global Summit will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan on April 21-23 next year.

Gloria Guevara Manzo, president & CEO of WTTC, along with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares made the announcement Thursday in Seville, Spain, during the closing ceremony of the forum’s annual summit.

This year’s summit centred on the theme of “Changemakers,” and the 500th anniversary of the departure of the first circumnavigation of the world from Seville.

The WTTC represents the private tourism sector globally and has been conducting research on the economic impact of tourism in 185 countries for nearly 30 years. Its members include more than 170 company CEOs, board chairs and presidents.

Puerto Rico, a release by the WTTC said, “attracts more than three million visitors to its shores” every year.

“We are delighted to bring next year’s Global Summit to the beautiful tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a welcoming and diverse destination, which not only offers visitors glorious beaches, it is also home to the only tropical rainforest in the US,” Guevara said. “Our annual Global Summit brings together the most influential figures from the public and private sector to address the challenges and opportunities facing the Travel & Tourism industry and is the most important event in the calendar each year. Hosting the Global Summit in Puerto Rico reflects the commitment and efforts of the government and tourist board to grow both business and leisure travel.”

“We’re honored to have been chosen as host destination for the upcoming World Travel and Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s destination management organization. “Puerto Rico is a place where rich culture and natural wonders lay the foundation for an immense bounty of one-of-a-kind experiences. We’re thriving as a destination of global importance and hosting this Summit will elevate even further our tourism offering, positively impacting the local economy. We look forward to welcoming the global tourism industry next year to discover all that Puerto Rico offers.”

The governor emphasized tourism’s importance for the local economy.

“Travel & Tourism in instrumental in Puerto Rico’s economic development plans, and has proven to be the most resilient sector in our economy. More so, we believe that sound public policy that effectively attends to private sector needs can be a catalyst for change. Events like the WTTC Global Summit not only give us an opportunity to showcase the diversity of our destination’s tourism offering, but also facilitate spaces for the public and private sectors to define the future of Travel & Tourism together,” Rosselló said.

Puerto Rico Tourism Co.’s executive director, was quoted as saying:  “Every destination has a moment in time to claim its place in the global Travel & Tourism scene; Puerto Rico is on the cusp of becoming a next generation tourism destination, and the WTTC Global Summit is the ideal stage to unveil how the public and private sectors are working together to make it happen. Tourism is a force for good and an ideal vehicle to improve people’s quality of lives. We share that vision with WTTC members and are honored to have the opportunity to host Travel & Tourism leaders from around the world in Puerto Rico next year.”

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