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Day to generate jobs wttc calls on travel industry to increase power of technology on World Tourism

Today, WTTC CEO & President Gloria Guevara joined Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Csaba Domotor, State Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, day celebration in Budapest in the opening ceremony of the state UNTWO World Tourism, Hungary.

Today celebrates a sector that contributes 10.4% of the world’s GDP and generates 313 million jobs. With regards to GDP growth, the Travel & Tourism industry has outpaced the global economy by 4.6% for the seventh successive year. This year’s celebration brought together industry members and leaders of government to go over Tourism and the Digital Transformation.

“I’m grateful to my industry peers who’ve realised the impact of technology, and desire to thank UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili for prioritising this matter as we interact to harness innovation and digital advances.

“Technology has changed the true way we travel and WTTC Members are powering travel. Day in one, you can find 15 million Uber rides, 15.2 million Trip Advisor visits, and 22.5 million visits to Expedia sites.

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“Our industry must maximise the charged power of technology and innovation to improve some great benefits of Travel & Tourism. By capitalising with this opportunity, we are able to create more jobs and ensure growth is inclusive and sustainable,” commented Guevara.

IATA reported 4.1 billion passengers were flown in 2017, a fresh record, with a promising forecast to attain 7.8 billion passengers by 2036 worldwide. Concurrently, the UNWTO anticipates a growth in international visitor arrivals from 1.3 billion in 2017 to at least one 1.8 billion by 2030. Travel & Tourism’s GDP grew 50% a lot more than the planet economy in 2017 at 4.6% and the projections indicate that Travel & Tourism shall continue steadily to outpace global economy growth later on.

Guevara continued, “We’ve the potential to double the quantity of air passengers and raise the amount of travellers all over the world. Travel & Tourism is the better partner for growth, and our recently published Country Performance and Power report illustrates the economic impact our sector is wearing 185 countries.

“I’m delighted to stay Hungary, where we’ve had an excellent possibility to celebrate the hugely positive impact our sector makes to the planet. I turn to seeing you in Seville forward, Spain at our 2019 Global Summit where WTTC provides Heads of Government together, Tourism and ceos Policymakers to raises knowing of the global, economic and social role of Travel & Tourism and debate the largest challenges for the industry.”