Tuesday, 17 August 2010

WTTC welcomes Prime Minister's plan on new tourism strategy

The organisation representing the world’s foremost private-sector Travel & Tourism businesses welcomes the Prime Minister’s promise to establish a new tourism strategy by the end of the year. In a speech today Mr Cameron said the income generated from the £115 billion-a-year tourism sector was “fundamental” to rebuilding the UK’s economy. The UK is now joining Brazil and China in recognising the economical and political significance of the industry.

The Prime Minister would like to develop all Travel & Tourism industry facets such as domestic but also foreign markets. Mr Cameron is particular keen to attract Chinese visitors to the UK and wants to see the UK in the top five destinations in the world.
“We are delighted that in challenging economic time the UK government has recognised the importance of Travel & Tourism, an industry that currently generates 3,145,000 jobs or 1 in every 10 jobs in here and can be one of the best and fastest ways of returning back growth, prosperity and increasing jobs. This announcement comes at the right moment for the UK to take full advantage of its Olympic opportunity in 2012.
WTTC would be happy to represent the private sector in contributing to the development of the strategy and we hope that more countries around the world will give the industry the value of recognition it deserves” says Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President & CEO of WTTC.
The private sector believes a number of challenges and barriers to growth need to be addressed in the new strategy. They include expansion at London’s biggest aviation hub – despite the threat of increasing competition to the title from other European airports – the need for a single European sky, visa processes and procedures, and unfair taxation.
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Notes to Editors
• The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) was established in 1990 with Members representing the world’s foremost leaders in the private sector of Travel & Tourism. It aims to promote the importance of the industry as a generator of economic growth, encourage public-private partnerships, and persuade governments to adopt policies that will allow the industry to thrive.
• WTTC’s annual Global Travel & Tourism Summit brings together over 1,000 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its’ Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry’s power to be a positive force in sustainability.
• The Travel & Tourism Economy contributes US$5,751 billion to global GDP, 9.2% of the total, in 2010. This is expected to grow to US$11,151 billion (9.6%) by 2020. The industry (directly and indirectly) supports over 235 million jobs in 2010, and the total is forecast to increase to just over 303 million by 2020. Travel & Tourism investment is estimated at US$1,241 in 2010 and should reach US$2,757 billion by 2020.