Western Australia jags key travel & tourism conference

The successful bid from WA will see the WTTC Global Summit hosted Down Under for the first time.

One of the industry’s biggest annual meetings, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit, has been confirmed for Western Australia next year, it has been announced.

Global leaders from some of the world’s biggest companies will come together to discuss tourism and trade in October 2024 over the multi-day summit in Perth.

The invitation-only event will see world leaders meet to discuss the economic, social, and environmental issues currently affecting tourism, trade and travel worldwide.

They will also meet with Western Australia’s decision-makers to explore new investment opportunities in the state, as the Summit aims to spotlight WA as an emerging global leader in the industry.

It is the first time the event has been held in Australia, with previous host countries including Spain, China, Japan, the United States, Argentina, and Thailand.

The Summit was secured for Western Australia through a successful bid by the state government, supported by Business Events Australia and Business Events Perth.

“The Australian Government is very pleased to have supported the bid for Perth to host the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Summit in 2024,” the country’s Minister for Tourism Don Farrell said.

“The timing next year couldn’t be better as the industry continues to emerge from the impacts of the global pandemic and looks to future opportunities for sustainable growth.

“Australia’s offerings for both business events and leisure travellers are exceptional and hosting this event will be a terrific opportunity to showcase our outstanding tourism credentials to the world.”

Farrell’s Western Australian counterpart Rita Saffioti said hosting the Global Summit will position the state as a leader among nations, and allow it to influence the global tourism and travel agenda.

It will also allow Western Australia to elevate its tourism, trade and travel industries, Minister Saffoti explained.

“It will allow the world’s leading decision makers to experience Perth and WA first-hand, while we demonstrate our state’s growth ambition and investment opportunities to the global travel and tourism sector, and showcase the expertise of WA businesses and our wider tourism and trade industries,” she said.

“We’re really proud to attract business events of this calibre to our state and look forward to welcoming WTTC members and attendees to Western Australia next year.”

WTTC is the global authority on tourism, and its members include over 200 CEOs, Chairs, and Presidents of companies such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Visa, and Expedia.

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