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Barack Obama to head tourism summit

The president of the United States from 2009 to 2017 will be the headline speaker at the WTTC Global Summit 2019.

The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced that the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be a guest of honour and keynote speaker at its upcoming global summit in Seville, Spain.

The 2019 WTTC Global Summit will take place on April 2-4 and will be hosted by the city municipality of Seville, Andalusia Tourism and Turespaña.

President Obama is the natural choice as a headline speaker for the summit, says the council, which is also adopting a theme called Changemakers to “celebrate the people and ideas who are defining the future of our sector”.

Obama served as US president from 2009 to 2017, and “today, his presidency is defined by the astute leadership he showed amid global economic uncertainty, heightened security concerns and immense environmental risk,” the WTTC, which represents the global private sector of tourism, writes.

“His legacy includes making unprecedented strides towards the adoption of clean energy and overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history.”

Shaping the future
“We are humbled and honoured to be hosting such an important leader as President Barack Obama at our Global Summit this year. During his time in office he embodied the notion that travel and tourism is a driver of economic growth and creator of jobs,” Gloria Guevara, president and chief executive of the WTTC, remarked.

“WTTC now looks ahead to April to welcome the many insights that President Obama will share with our members and delegates at our global summit. His vision will help us to shape the future of this important sector.”

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