“While important steps have been taken over the past few years to facilitate travel, millions of people continue to face unnecessary barriers to travel such as overly complicated and expensive visa processes,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
“These obstacles are not just barriers to travel; they are barriers to economic growth at a time when we need it most. UNWTO and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) research shows that facilitating visas among the G20 countries would create an additional five million jobs by 2015, for example. The Ministers’ Summit is our chance to push ahead with the necessary travel facilitation measures that will allow tourism to continue generating jobs and prosperity worldwide,” he added.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery said: “The UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit has played a central role in the past six years in bringing the private and public sector together to discuss the key issues facing this global sector.
“This year will be no different with leaders from both tourism ministries and industry debating the key issues and plotting a path for the future.”