The World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 20th Global Summit is scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico from 25 to 27 April; one month after the originally planned date.
The summit is being organised in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and is considered the most important tourism event in the year.
During the annual event, the highest-level industry leaders meet with key government leaders to act on the biggest and most important issues across the global agenda.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC’s president and CEO, said: “While Cancun is ready to host our Global Summit as planned, we believe that moving the event back by just a few weeks will enable people from many more regions around the world to attend in beautiful Cancun, one of the most popular destinations in the world.
“As the global vaccination rollout picks up pace and with international mobility rules expected to be relaxed over the coming weeks, more people from key regions will be able to participate and add to the conversation for the path to recovery.”
She added: “Those unable to attend the event in person will be able to join virtually from anywhere in the world. The Travel and Tourism sector has been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 174m jobs impacted, making our Global Summit more relevant and important than ever.
“WTTC also wants to showcase how we can use this experience to adapt to Covid-19 and lead the global Travel and Tourism sector back to recovery and restore millions of jobs and livelihoods which have been thrown into turmoil since the beginning of last year.”