WTTC thanks all those in the travel & tourism sector

The Council has acknowledged those going the extra mile against the coronavirus

WTTC president & CEO Gloria Guevara
WTTC president & CEO Gloria Guevara

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rattle the world and its travel & tourism industry, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has thanked all those in the sector going the extra mile to support their communities through these challenging times.

WTTC president & CEO Gloria Guevara said: “WTTC wants to pay tribute to the millions of amazing coronavirus heroes throughout the global travel & tourism sector for selflessly going the extra mile to help their communities to overcome and combat the Covid-19 pandemic threat.

“We recognise their quiet heroism and phenomenal dedication through using their incredible people skills developed during their normal working lives and wealth of experience to step up and offer essential help and assistance to those on the front line fighting this terrible virus.”

Guevara concluded: “Whether its tending to the sick, opening hotels for health workers or manning foodbanks, they, like countless others have risen to the challenge and shown with their hearts and actions that we are stronger together and we will win this battle.”

WTTC highlighted a number of initiatives around the globe, including furloughed airline crew being deployed to help in hospitals, to operating additional cargo flights and hotels opening their doors to accommodate frontline staff.

The Council also noted that hospitality groups such as Hilton have been working to provide up to a million healthcare professionals with free accommodation.

In March and April, WTTC has called on world governments to support the travel & tourism industry, projected to lose up 75 million jobs if nothing is done. According to WTTC’S 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, the sector supported one in 10 jobs (330 million), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.

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