September 2013 -WTTC World Travel and Tourism Council Asia Summit in Seoul

For the first time WTTC, one of the two big international tourism organisations (the other being UNWTO), organised an Asia Summit, which took place in the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Sept. 10&11. Participation was by invitation only, about 500 CEOs and other top managers of the tourism industry took part, amongst them our COTRI Director Prof. Arlt. The keynote was presented by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. For a report of his speech see: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/205040/8397283.html.

A number of sessions dealt over two days with different aspects of the tourism development from aviation to visa and Korea’s special situation. However, in each and every session the importance of Asia and especially of China within Asia was highlighted.