WTTC implores G20 leaders to save tourism sector

Travel Daily Media | March 31, 2020

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has urged the G20 leaders to execute crucial measures to save the travel and tourism sector following COVID-19, in a virtual meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia. According to the global tourism leaders, around 75 million jobs are at immediate risk. The association implored the G20 leaders to assign resources and coordinate efforts to rescue major travel businesses such as airlines, cruises, hotels, GDS and technology companies, as well as the SME’s, such as travel agents, tour operators, restaurants, independent workers and the entire supply chain, in order to save the jobs of the 330 million people who rely on travel and tourism for their livelihoods.

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The reshuffling of business travel growth leaders began in 2015 as the Chinese business travel market topped $291 billion, 11.4% more than a year earlier, to eclipse the $289.8 billion United States business travel market, according to the latest Global Business Travel Association BTI Outlook issued in July 2016.

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The reshuffling of business travel growth leaders began in 2015 as the Chinese business travel market topped $291 billion, 11.4% more than a year earlier, to eclipse the $289.8 billion United States business travel market, according to the latest Global Business Travel Association BTI Outlook issued in July 2016.

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Sabre Corporation | October 14, 2022

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Entrust | September 07, 2022

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