Hundreds of delegates from over 84 countries have registered to attend next week’s Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council summit.

The virtual event on May 26 will see senior travel and tourism sector speakers talk about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and how the sector can re-engineer their businesses and organisation for the future.


Speakers lined up include Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Gerald Lawless, former president of Jumeirah Group, and Dr Sylvie Briand, director of the World Health Organisation Health Emergencies Programme.

Sessions will look at how technology will be used to help travel and tourism meet new expectations about health and safety and customer communications, and the pressures the sector will face at it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nina Wittkamp, senior partner at McKinsey & Company, will give the opening keynote, and the summit will be closed by former UNWTO secretary general Dr Taleb Rifai, a co-chair of the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council.

Perspectives of the impact of coronavirus from around the globe will be provided by speakers including Najib Balala, executive council chairman of the United Nations World UNWTO and cabinet secretary for tourism in Kenya, and Jamaican minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett.

The Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council was established by Travel Weekly Parent Jacobs Media Group five years ago and has since run summits in the UK and across the globe bringing experts together to discuss resilience and sustainability in the sector.

Duncan Horton, chief executive of Jacobs Media Group, said: “As part of our on-going effort to serve our industry we are organising a global summit on May 26 to bring together leaders from the public and private sectors.

“We will be looking at practical solutions which different sectors and destinations are considering as the world starts to open up again. There has never been a more important time for the industry to work tougher towards a recovery plan.”

The summit is due to start at 10.30am GMT on Tuesday May 26 with sessions running through to 7.30pm. It is free to attend.

Register and see the full agenda here