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NewsAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates • 2013-03-14

Select the country and object's type WTTC Global Summit, Abu Dhabi (9-10 April) to discuss: What steps must we take today to ensure we have Tourism for Tomorrow?

The WTTC Global Summit is the world\'s highest-level gathering of Travel & Tourism executives, government representative and speakers, who will be coming together to unlock the Travel & Tourism industry\'s significant potential for sustainable worldwide development and economic growth.

This year, the theme of the event is “A time for leadership”. The industry faces greater demands than almost ever before – including a burgeoning middle class in the BRICs that will provide an extra one billion middle-class consumers with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to travel. With UNWTO estimating that international tourist arrivals will reach 1.8 billion by 2030, this growth will need to be managed in a way that mutually reinforces economic growth, social welfare and environmental protection.

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of theUnited States will deliver the Global Summit keynote address.

Daryl Hannah, American Actress and Activist, Jonathan E. Porritt, Founder, Director and Trustee, Forum for the Future, David de Rothschild, adventurer and environmentalist, Laura Turner, Captain Planet Foundation and Christoph Weber, CEO, Jatro will be among those discussing what can be done to ensure the industry is sustainable for the long term.

The Chief Executives of over twenty Travel & Tourism companies will also be speaking and available to the media, as well as more than five hundred senior private and public sector executives will also be attending.

Also in the field of Technology and social media, we’ll be hearing what\'s hot and what\'s next in the travel sphere from speakers including Lee McCabe, Head of Travel, Global Vertical Marketing, Facebook, Jesse Maddox, CEO, TripLingo and Tony Espinoza, CEO, CouchSurfing. A full list of confirmed speakers for the Summit can be found on WTTC’s website.

The Global Summit will be held in Abu Dhabi - an emirate rich in heritage and culture and yet with a modern and luxurious tourism infrastructure. The venue will be the luxurious new Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, with a Gala Dinner taking place at the magical Emirates Palace hotel. Please follow the links on the right to get more information about the event and to watch videos outlining the attractions of Abu Dhabi and the highlights of last year’s Global Summit held in Tokyo.

Attendance is complimentary and by personal invitation only. Please take a few minutes to register your intention to attend by clicking on one of the buttons below. During or after the registration process, you will have the opportunity to reserve air fares and accommodation and your choice of free pre- and post-Summit tours of the United Arab Emirates.

Together with Global Summit hosts Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Etihad Airways we look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi for this special event.

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