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Board Agrees By Unanimous Vote On Destination

WTTC announces Florianopolis, Brazil as the venue for its 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

eTN Staff Writer  Nov 10, 2008

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced its agreement with the Government of Santa Catarina and the Government of Brazil to hold its forthcoming Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Florianopolis (the capital of Santa Catarina) from May 15-16, 2009.

"We are delighted to enter this agreement which brings together WTTC, the Government of Santa Catarina, and Embratur - the national tourism organization of Brazil - in a strategic partnership to enhance the role of travel and tourism in developing sustainable economies and prosperous local communities," said Luis Henrique da Silveira, the Governor of Santa Catarina.

"Brazil is not only one of the world's fastest-growing tourism source markets, whose international tourism expenditure is up 58 percent so far in 2008," said Jeanine Pires, head of Embratur, Brazil, "but it has also recorded double-digit, percentage growth in international, tourism receipts (visitor exports excluding transport) for the past four years. And the trend is set to continue with receipts up more than 18 percent in the first half of 2008."

Located in Southern Brazil, Santa Catarina and its capital, Florianopolis, is acclaimed for its outstanding natural beauty - 50 percent of the total land area of Florianopolis is conserved as natural reserves. The national and regional governments' commitment to the conservation of the natural environment and local culture of Santa Catarina was one of the key factors considered by WTTC's board who agreed, by unanimous vote, on the destination as the host of the 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit.

"In these challenging economic times," said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president & CEO of WTTC, "when it is almost impossible to predict short-term trends - let alone make long-term forecasts - it is more critical than ever for the public and private sectors to forge close partnerships so they can work together to ensure the longer-term prosperity of travel and tourism. Our partnership with the government of Brazil and the government of Santa Catarina will provide a much needed platform for dialogue among leaders of industry and government, shaping the future of travel and tourism worldwide."

In line with its global policy framework, WTTC is encouraging governments at national, regional, and local levels to engage with the industry and identify progressive policy actions, such as intelligent taxation, as well as educating local communities as to the benefits of travel and tourism so as to help them through the current downturn.

WTTC announces Florianopolis, Brazil as the venue for its 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit
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