Tokyo hosts global travel and tourism summit in 2012


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announces it will hold its 2012 Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Tokyo, Japan.
Despite stiff competition from three other candidate cities, Tokyo’s success was due to a convincing and compelling presentation that combined industry commitment, government support and enthusiasm from its agencies, dedication to a carbon neutral Summit and high standards of efficiency and capability.
The overall accessibility of the destination and – following a deep recession – evidence of accelerating GDP growth and a re-emerging Japanese tourism market, will help ensure the Summit is the must-attend event of the year. The 100 year anniversary of Japan Tourism Board that same year will also guarantee the Summit is a resounding success.
“I’m very pleased that Tokyo will host our 2012 Summit. It is a city that enjoys more than 400 years of history and is also one of the most exciting modern and cultural destinations in the world,” says Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President & CEO for WTTC.
“Asia remains at the forefront of Travel & Tourism growth in the next few years. Our Summit’s return to the region will give delegates the opportunity to address the issues and explore opportunities to secure the industry’s success.”
WTTC 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada USA on 17-19 May 2011.

·         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. 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.