WTTC GLOBAL CHAMPIONS

The countries and leaders who have made a difference to increase the competitiveness of the Travel & Tourism sector within their countries have been recognised at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Champions Awards at the WTTC Global Summit in Seville this week.

The inaugural WTTC Global Champions Awards recognises those countries from 185 around the world which have used policy initiatives to create the conditions to promote the long-term sustainable growth of our sector. The categories of awards and the recipients are as follows:

Security & Seamless Travel Experience which recognises leadership in transforming border security and the traveller experience through the use facial recognition systems – awarded to Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, USA.

Resilience which recognises leadership in transforming border security and the traveller experience through the use of technology and facial recognition systems – awarded to Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, USA.

Social Impact which recognises leadership in enabling gender equality and diversity; engaging local communities and making the sector more attractive for future generations – awarded to Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife in the Government of Kenya.

Destination Stewardship which recognises leadership in for the work undertaken to overcome seasonality as a way of improving the year-round tourism experience – H.E. Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, Government of Greece.

Crisis Preparedness, Management & Recovery which recognises leadership in disaster preparedness and having effective response systems at both national and local levels – H.E. Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Government of Japan.

Innovation and Technology recognises leadership in innovation and the implementation of technology that meets the needs of tomorrow’s travellers and fosters sustainable tourism growth – awarded to H.E. María Reyes Maroto Illera, Minister of Tourism, Government of Spain.

The awards ceremony took place at the Gala Diner of the WTTC Global Summit which was held in Seville, Spain, and hosted by Ayuntamiento of Seville, Turismo Andaluz and Turespaña.

Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, commented: “The WTTC Global Champions Awards are designed to recognise those countries and individuals whose policies or initiatives have made a significant contribution to the creation of jobs in our sector in a range of different ways. Promoting the long-term sustainable growth of our sector is critical and the winners will those countries and individuals whose actions have had the greatest impact.”