WTTC brings delegation of CEOs from all over the world to meet with the UK government for the first time
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) took a delegation of 13 global private sector travel leaders to Number 10 Downing Street today and praised the Government’s positive approach to the growth of the UK Travel & Tourism sector.
The UK is currently the fifth largest Travel & Tourism economy in the world. It generates 4.1 million jobs and contributes 10.5% of the UK’s GDP. International visitor numbers increased by 5.1% to 37.7 million in 2017. Last year, the UK Travel & Tourism sector grew three times faster than the wider economy (5.3% compared to 1.7%).
Members of WTTC, which represents the global private Travel & Tourism sector, praised the UK government for the country’s commitment to progressive visa policies as a way of attracting tourists and urged the UK government to support the sector through the process of Brexit to maximise the UK’s growth potential and preserve its status as a world tourism leader.
Particularly, WTTC Members encouraged the UK Government to maximise the economic and social opportunity of Travel & Tourism to enhance competitiveness of the United Kingdom and embrace the opportunities of technological innovation, such as the use of biometric technology.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “Travel & Tourism is one of the UK’s great success stories. The UK is the world’s fifth largest Travel & Tourism economy and our sector sustains millions of jobs and billions of pounds for the UK economy. Recent growth in UK has been particularly strong for which the Government should be commended.
“WTTC’s partnership with the UK Government has resulted in today’s delegation of private sector leaders to Number 10 Downing Street to discuss how Travel & Tourism can be used to continue to drive inward investment and job creation.
“We look forward to extending our partnership to the next level and continuing to support the long-term sustainable growth of the UK Travel & Tourism sector.
“Part of this growth will come from the most efficient use of existing infrastructure. The UK has an opportunity to lead the world in the adoption of biometric technology in the travel chain. It is vital that we embrace the most modern technology to maximise the use of existing capacity while increasing security and enhancing the traveller journey.”
Michel Taride, Group President, Hertz International, said: “The United Kingdom is recognised as an engine for innovation in Europe. In the travel industry in particular, the UK is at the forefront of the digital transformation and now new start-ups are further accelerating this momentum in mobility and travel. There is a great opportunity for the country to continue to enhance its digital leadership after Brexit.”
Arthur de Haast, Chairman Global Capital Markets Board and Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL, said: “From a global perspective, the UK is seen as one of the best places in the world to invest due to its world-leading transparency, taxation, and legal system. Not only does this status need to be maintained and enhanced after Brexit, but we also need to work hard to make sure that this message is understood globally.”