8 MAY 2017
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Former American Airlines, British Airways and Hilton Hotels executive David Scowsill is leaving his job as president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) after six years at the helm.
As the third president in the 26-year history of the organisation, he championed the views of the private sector in high-level governmental discussions while also promoting the sustainable growth of the industry.
WTTC membership has doubled since Scowsill became president. He said: “Working with a very talented team, we have consolidated the position of WTTC as the authority in the sector, whether through research, advocacy, or the impact of the Global Summits.”
Among the highlights of his time, he praises the public/private partnership with UNWTO, which produced 84 meetings with presidents and prime ministers to discuss the importance of the sector.
Scowsill was also founder and chairman of the Global Travel Association Coalition, which he says has ensured the industry spoke to governments with one voice on key issues from travel facilitation and terrorism to infrastructure development and sustainability.
WTTC chairman Gerald Lawless said: “Under David’s leadership and vision, WTTC is clearly positioned as the private sector authority on travel and tourism, reflected in the calibre and geographic diversity of the membership group.”
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