|Public: private relationship more important than ever, says WTTC boss.|
Friday, 20th September 2013
Source : World Travel & Tourism Council
'The need for a strong partnership between the public and private sectors is more important today than it has ever been if tourism is to achieve its true potential as one of the world’s great creators of jobs and economic growth.'
That is the message that David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), gave in his address to the 20th General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization.
Scowsill (right) reminded UNWTO members and delegates that the private sector, which WTTC represents, needs governments to implement policies which allow the industry to grow sustainably; while the public sector requires the privately-owned companies to run the hotels, airports, airlines, cruise lines and tour operators to bring to life a country’s tourism potential.
“Taking account of its direct, indirect and induced impacts, Travel & Tourism’s total contribution to GDP in 2012 was US$6.6 trillion, 260 million jobs and US$1.2 trillion in exports. So this is already a powerhouse industry that helps drive the world economy. But there is still more that can be achieved. Governments need the private sector as much as provide companies need Governments to adopt the right policies in order for Travel & Tourism to realise its full potential as a driver of economic growth and a creator of jobs. Neither party can go it alone.”
Scowsill will also praise the highly-constructive relationship between UNWTO & WTTC and particularly the complementary research undertaken by the organisations: “UNWTO and WTTC are two sides of the same coin. We both seek to promote the economic and social benefits of our great industry. In pursuit of that mission, we complement each other’s work. WTTC provides the economic contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP, job growth and investment, while UNWTO delivers the invaluable data on arrivals and flow of receipts for each economy.”