WTM Global Hub to host webinar with tourism bosses to debate the way forward after COVID-19 pandemic

Published on : Tuesday, June 16, 2020

WTM Portfolio’s new online portal – is again partnering with BBC Global News to turn the spotlight on European destinations recovering from the impact of COVID-19.

 They will host a webinar on Thursday 18th June at 2pm BST, which will be the latest in a packed series of online debates organised by WTM Global Hub.

Called ‘Destination Europe: Where do we go from here?’, the webinar will explore the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, emerging trends and how tourism boards can help the industry to recover.

The hour-long session will be moderated by Rajan Datar – a presenter on BBC World News and the BBC’s The Travel Show – with panellists from tourism agencies in France, Ireland and Hungary.

The expert panellists will be:

·         Caroline Leboucher, Chief Executive of Atout France;

·         Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland; and

·         Fruzsina Zakariás, Director of International Relations at the Hungarian Tourism Agency.

Claude Blanc, WTM Portfolio Director, said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the BBC again to bring another insightful webinar to the WTM community around the world, to keep everyone updated with the latest trends and innovative recovery strategies.

“Rajan Datar is a hugely respected and versatile broadcaster and journalist, with experience on national newspapers as well as the BBC.

“He will ask key questions to our distinguished panel and attendees will also be able to pose their own questions during the webinar.

“Since we launched WTM Hub and our expert webinars in April, we have hosted a wide range of well-known experts and top industry leaders talking about the critical issues affecting the global travel trade during this unprecedented upheaval.

“These interactive webinars have attracted thousands of attendees from around the world, who have heard about the impact of challenges such as quarantine, travel bans and social distancing on airlines, airports, hotels and resorts – as well as ideas about how the industry will emerge from the crisis.”

‘Destination Europe: Where do we go from here?’ starts at 2pm BST on 18th June and will be the 12th webinar on WTM Hub.

Caroline Leboucher was appointed Chief Executive of Atout France in May 2019, having moved from Business France, where she promoted foreign investment in France.

Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, oversees more than 160 staff in 21 markets. Ireland welcomed more than 11 million overseas visitors in 2019, supporting 325,000 jobs.

Fruzsina Zakariás, joined the Hungarian tourism board just in time to experience the sector’s most significant challenge to date, the shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been working on a strategy to rebuild Hungary’s international tourism in the post-COVID period.

Launched on April 23, WTM Global Hub aims to support travel industry professionals around the world.

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