World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit to Convene in Rwanda in November

Kigali, Rwanda – October 8, 2023 – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has officially announced that its prestigious annual summit will be held in Rwanda this year, marking a significant milestone in the global travel and tourism industry. The event is scheduled to take place from November 15 to 17, 2023, in the vibrant city of Kigali, known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and remarkable economic growth.

The WTTC summit is a high-profile gathering that brings together leaders, policymakers, and key stakeholders from around the world to discuss and shape the future of the travel and tourism sector. It provides a platform for discussions on innovative solutions, sustainable practices, and global challenges facing the industry.

Rwanda, often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” has emerged as a compelling destination for tourism and investment. Its commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation aligns seamlessly with the WTTC’s focus on responsible tourism. This convergence of interests has prompted the selection of Rwanda as the host country for this prestigious event.

Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO of WTTC, expressed her excitement about the upcoming summit, saying, “Rwanda’s progress in sustainable tourism and economic development is truly inspiring. By choosing Kigali as the host city for our annual summit, we aim to spotlight Rwanda’s remarkable achievements and encourage other nations to adopt similar practices. We believe that sustainable tourism can drive economic growth while preserving the planet for future generations.”

The summit will revolve around the theme “Sustainable Tourism: A Pathway to Prosperity.” Key topics on the agenda will include climate change mitigation, community engagement, digital transformation, and the role of innovation in creating a resilient travel and tourism sector.

One of the summit’s highlights will be the participation of several high-profile speakers and panelists, including government officials, industry leaders, and environmental advocates. Their insights and experiences will provide valuable perspectives on how the travel and tourism industry can navigate the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, welcomed the news of hosting the WTTC summit, stating, “Rwanda is honored to be chosen as the host for this prestigious event. Our commitment to sustainable tourism aligns perfectly with the WTTC’s mission. We look forward to welcoming global leaders and innovators to Kigali and showcasing our country’s beautiful landscapes, unique culture, and remarkable progress.”

The summit will also serve as a platform for stakeholders to share best practices and innovative approaches to sustainable tourism. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in productive discussions, network, and forge partnerships that can help drive the global travel and tourism industry towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WTTC summit in Rwanda serves as a beacon of hope and collaboration for the travel and tourism sector. It underscores the industry’s resilience and its capacity to adapt and innovate in the face of adversity.

With just over a month until the summit’s commencement, anticipation is building within the global travel and tourism community. The event promises to be a pivotal moment in advancing the industry’s commitment to sustainability, prosperity, and responsible tourism.

For more information about the WTTC summit in Rwanda, including registration details and the full program, visit the official WTTC website or follow updates on social media using the hashtag #WTTCRwandaSummit.

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