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29 November 2023

Bill Clinton to deliver keynote address at a summit in UAE

By Wam

Former US President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the World Travel '&' Tourism Council Global Summit in Abu Dhabi in April.

The 42nd President of the United States headlines an impressive line-up of speakers for the two day event including the British journalist and media personality Sir David Frost, American actress and activist Daryl Hannah and the environmentalist Sir Jonathon Porritt.

David Scowsill, President '&' CEO WTTC, said: "The 2013 WTTC Global Summit will explore the implications of our dramatically changing world economy and growing population on the Travel '&' Tourism industry. Four months after the world celebrated its one billionth international traveller, it will examine what we need to do collectively to prepare for the next billion." James Hogan, President '&' Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said:" The WTTC Summit provides an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the remarkable emergence of Abu Dhabi as a global economic centre and a tourism and aviation hub. In facing today's global challenges, the emirate is a living example of what is possible when vision is backed by investment, commitment and decisive action."

The World Travel '&' Tourism Council (WTTC) is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel '&' Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the industry, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. In 2011 Travel '&' Tourism accounted for 255 million jobs globally.

At US$6.3 trillion (9.1% of GDP) the sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth. For more than 20 years, the World Travel '&' Tourism Council has been the voice of this industry globally.

Members of WTTC are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world's leading, private sector Travel '&' Tourism businesses. These Members bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, raising awareness of the importance of the industry as an economic generator of prosperity.