8 APRIL 2013

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Article from BTNews 8 APRIL 2013

Bill Clinton at WTTC

Tomorrow (8 April) sees the start of World Travel & Tourism Council’s Global Summit in Abu Dhabi.  Keynote speaker will be former US President Bill Clinton.

With the theme “Tourism for Tomorrow” balancing what it calls – people, planet and profits – it will consider the consumption of resources and possible impacts on society and the wider world.  World-renowned environmental speakers will address more than 800 senior private and public executives from the travel and tourism industry.

David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, states: “There are many great examples of companies developing initiatives to respond to sustainability issues.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done.  Economic crises and global uncertainty are creating pressures to focus on short-term concerns at the cost of a long-term approach to company success.

The industry needs to raise the bar on the issue and set a clear path.  Industry activities need to be centred on the four key principles of accountability, leadership, innovation, and collaboration.  Our discussions at the Global Summit will help to bring the industry together to speak with one voice and recognise a common outlook. Through collaboration, the industry can amplify its individual efforts by taking advantage of shared knowledge and industry efficiency”. www.wttc.org

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