November 30, 2008

2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Florianópolis, Brazil

deluvio floripa.jpg

During disastrous flooding the chairman and top executives of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) met with Brazil's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the Governor of the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, Luiz Henrique da Silveira, to discuss WTTC's 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Santa Catarina's capital, Florianópolis. Efforts at infrastructure rebuilding from the disaster and campaigns for destination promotion of this region resulting from the Summit can benefit from our combined expertise on inclusion and Universal Design.

"It is extremely important for private sector leaders and ministers of tourism from all four corners of the globe to come to Santa Catarina next May to give their support and guidance to Santa Catarina," said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC president & CEO. "Travel & Tourism could be the vital stimulus that the state needs to help kick-start its economy after this terrible tragedy.

"The timing of the summit could not be better" Baumgarten noted, "as it will give us all an opportunity to discuss the current economic crisis, as well as increased incidents of terrorism such as the events unfolding in Mumbai and Bangkok at the moment.

"We will use the summit to identify new ways of working together in public-private partnership so as to ensure the long-term prosperity of travel and tourism for the benefit of all stakeholders - tourists, the tourism industry, destinations, and host communities."


Posted by rollingrains at November 30, 2008 04:43 PM