An echo on the start – Montevideo and WTTC Global Summit
As every journey starts with a single step, so has this one on which we embarked in the late Sunday 15th of April. From Europe we headed towards the south, passed the equator and arrived in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, early on the next day.
Montevideo is not a typical South American capital, there is less colonial architecture than in other big cities on the continent, but the mixture of styles is easily visible and recognizable. If your adventures bring you to these parts, you should definitely visit it and enjoy its easiness and relaxed atmosphere. Since that we do not aim to publish typical travel content, we will not bother you with information about ho(s)tels, transport, places to eat, tours to take, etc.
Last minute changes in our plans bring us to Buenos Aires earlier than we thought, so today we are on our way to the Argentinean capital. We will be present on the Global Summit of World Travel and Tourism Council, which will be held for the next two days, on April 18th and 19th.
WTTC is one of the most important international bodies concerning tourism, it gathers the global leaders in the field and deals with current issues and future challenges of the industry. This year’s Summit has “Our people, Our world, Our future” as its theme and will try to determine the role tourism has in modern, constantly evolving and unpredictable world. Some of the most important speakers this year are Zurab Pololikashvili – UNWTO Secretary General, Fritz Joussen – CEO TUI Group, Arne Sorenson – CEO Marriott Group, Mauricio Macri – President of Argentina, Cristopher J. Nassetta – CEO of Hilton, as well as more than 10 Ministers of tourism and transport around the world, several other CEOs and general directors.
Second day will put focus on sustainable development and wildlife protection with the Tourism for Tomorrow Award ceremony. It will highlight the importance of community engagement in tourism processes, importance of shared vision among different stakeholders and why numbers should not be the most important aim in a destination.
We hope that this year’s edition will create some important outcomes and that there will be positive results for all sides involved in the travel industry. Drop us a line if you are in the city and see you around Buenos Aires!