30 Apr Seville will host the upcoming 2019 WTTC Conference
The annual World Travel & Tourism Council meeting will gather the most prominent executives of the most important international tourist association in the world. From the 2nd to the 4th of April 2019, the city will convene to focus on investments regarding the Andalusian and Spanish economy. The organization announced this decision in its annual meeting, taking place in Buenos Aires this year.
“This recognizes the organizational capacity and quality of the city, as well as reinforcing its international image”, says municipal delegate Antonio Muñoz.
“It offers an opportunity to show the richness and excellence of our industry”, noted Javier Fernández, minister of tourism.
“A joint project which isn’t anything new, but rather the fruit of the collaboration of the three administrations”, added the assistant secretary of the ministry, Pablo García-Manzano.
From 2nd until 4th of April, 2019, Seville will be receiving the absolute top of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the only international private organization which unites the leaders of the global tourist industry (presidents or higher-up executives of large companies). Following the designation carried out today in the annual WTTC meeting, this year taking place in Buenos Aires, they turned to Seville city hall’s representative Antonio Muñoz and his Tourism Counsel teams as well as Contursa-FIBES; Susana Ibáñez, general secretary of Turismo de la Consejería de Turismo y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía; and Pablo García-Manzano, assistant secretary of the Ministerio de Energía, Turismo y Agenda Digital de España.
The WTTC is truly the international voice of the tourist industry, considering that within the 150 members there are many prominent executives and presidents of large corporations representing the industry’s various subcategories, such as airlines, hotels, cruises, travel agencies, tour operators, car rental companies, distribution systems, and tech firms.
“It’s not just a summit meeting we are bringing to Seville, it’s the elite of the world tourism industry. And it can’t be looked at from just the mere point of view of tourism, one must also take into account the fundraising, investments and growth of other economic sectors of the city, as well as the whole region of Andalusia”.
The regional government has showed appreciation for the designation of the summit meeting to Seville. Francisco Javier Fernández, minister of tourism, remarked that it “demonstrates the capacity of Andalusia to host events of the highest level”. Fernández has also stated that Seville is going to “become the world capital for the analysis and reflection of tourism and travel in 2019”, underlining that this congress “offers an opportunity to showcase the richness and excellence of our industry”.
Susana Ibáñez, accompanied by various members of the public company for the management of tourism in Andalusia, highlighted that “this event recognizes the high level of tourism development in Andalusia”, and that “celebrating it in Seville is a great gateway to the destination of Andalusia itself”. “We are sure no-one will be left unmoved”, Ibáñez continues, to whom the congress represents “a very important economic opportunity”.
According to notary Antonio Muñoz, “this meeting also implies the recognition of our ability to host large events, and will certainly change the international image of Seville, both with regards to tourism and to the city itself. All aspects of this meeting are meticulously planned as to produce the exceptional quality that the directors and the WTTC are known for”.
Pablo García-Manzano comments that “the delegation of this event to Spain, and more specifically Seville, allows for the initiation of defining the main themes that will the subjects of debate in the congress in April 2019. That way we can focus on specific areas that are related to our sector, and with the help of the available experts try to deal with them in the most appropriate manner”.
“The media attention of the event, economical as well as political and general, will allow us to find out more about the importance of the tourism industry as an engine for development. This infers the necessity to take it into account in other fields as well, such as transport, health services, security and more”, added the assistant secretary of the Ministerio de Energía, Turismo y Agenda Digital. The representatives of the three administrations (municipal, autonomous and state) emphasize that obtaining this event has been a joint effort, that it “is not a new collaboration, it has been making good use of the synergy and opportunities within tourism promotion for years”, said Pablo García-Manzano.
Seville will host both the counsel and the general assembly of the WTTC as well as managing the annual prizes granted by the organization. Besides the 150 company leaders, around 600 other delegates will participate in a series of meetings parallel to international political authorities of the highest level. “For this reason, being the venue selected for this event is of great international prestige”, Antonio Muñoz concludes.