Published on : Thursday, October 3, 2019
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is an organization which represents the travel & tourism private sector worldwide. Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.
WTTC is entrusted in promoting travel & tourism as one of the largest economic sectors of the world; supporting one in 10 jobs (319 million) universally. In 2018, the sector generated 10.4% (US$8.8 trillion) of world GDP.
Today on 2 October, the forum took place at Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Center in Ras Al Khaimah (pictured top).
The one-day programme brought together government agencies, industry associations, CEOs and senior leaders of the top travel and tourism companies, experts, and media all over the area, to explore modern issues facing the sector and talked about growth opportunities to advance the regional agenda.
‘Leading by Example’ was one of the main panel discussions. It discussed on investment opportunities and the prime challenges faced by the region in establishing itself as a global hub for travel and tourism.
Also, the panel discussions were conducted on exploring the needs for skill development and job creation with the promising contribution of the sector to the economy; sustainable development with climate action being top on agenda; and the leveraging the digital disruption to the sector’s benefit.
To quote Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, “We are delighted to host the first edition of the WTTC Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum in Ras Al Khaimah. We look forward to welcoming all delegates and hope to impress them with a spectacular diversity of landscapes and authentic Arabian hospitality that Ras Al Khaimah is known for.”
“The opportunity to host this prestigious industry forum comes at a pivotal time as we aim to fuel a sustainable tourism-driven economic growth in Ras Al Khaimah, as guided by our current Destination Strategy 2019-2021. Tourism remains one of the key drivers of the Emirate’s continued growth in GDP and employment.”
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