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Bangkok to host 2017 WTTC Global Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that the WTTC Annual Global Summit will be hosted by Bangkok, Thailand on 26/27 April 2017. The location of the 2017 Global Summit was announced at the closing speech of the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas on the 7th of April.

David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC, said: “The WTTC Global Summit is the most influential Travel & Tourism event of the year, bringing together hundreds of leaders from public sector organisations and private sector companies to discuss and tackle the most important issues in our sector. Travel & Tourism is one of the most important generators of jobs and wealth in the world, contributing over $7.2 trillion in GDP to the world economy and supporting 284 million jobs, which is 1 in 11 jobs on the planet.”

Scowsill continued: “Thailand is an extremely well established Travel & Tourism economy. Despite challenges, the sector grew by a stunning 18.4% in 2015, contributing nearly 21% to the country’s GDP (USD$ 81.6 billion or THB2.8 trillion) and supported 5.9 million jobs, which is 15.4% of total employment. I am delighted that Bangkok will host the 2017 Global Summit, which will highlight the Thai government's great efforts in supporting Travel & Tourism across the country.”

"We are excited and honoured to host next year’s WTTC Global Summit, which is a great opportunity to showcase Bangkok as an important meeting place for gathering the world’s top travel and tourism executives," said Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports.

Ms. Wattanavrangkul added: “Being selected by the World Travel & Tourism Council to host the Summit acknowledges the commitment the Thai government has to the expansion of the Travel & Tourism sector in the country.”

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said: “Holding the Summit in Bangkok is a recognition of the city’s importance as an international hub, serving a large number of international visitors through our new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in Bangkok next year to experience the beauty of our country,” Mr. Supasorn concluded.

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