Gloria Guevara Manzo. Gloria Guevara Manzo.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed Gloria Guevara Manzo as its new president & CEO, following the departure of David Scowsill in June 2017, who was at the helm of the organisation for six years.

Guevara previously served as secretary of tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, minister in the cabinet of President Calderón. Prior to that she worked for global distribution system Sabre where most recently she was CEO of Sabre Mexico, reporting to the board of directors of a joint venture between Aeroméxico, Mexicana and Sabre Holdings.

She is currently a special advisor on government affairs for the Centre on Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health, Harvard.

In a press statement, WTTC chairman Gerald Lawless said: "Gloria is a proven leader who is well known and well respected within the global travel & tourism sector.

"Gloria was chosen from a competitive field of international candidates.With a career encompassing senior roles across private sector, government, and academia, she brings a unique combination of experience and expertise."

Guevara commented: "I look forward to building on this great foundation to expand the Council’s advocacy work for travel & tourism, a sector that accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and one in 10 jobs.This is a critical time for travel & tourism and the 292 million people whose jobs depend on it. Future forecasts are strong, but with ongoing terrorism and environmental challenges, compounded by a world that is simultaneously ever more connected yet increasingly divided, now, more than ever, the sector needs to come together with one voice."

She added: "I am looking forward to working with the chairman, vice chairs, executive committee and members of WTTC to ensure that the voice of travel & tourism is heard and understood by governments around the world."

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