The Department of Tourism and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTCC) held a webinar entitled ” The Future of Travel : A WTTC Exclusive Panel ” on Tuesday, May 19, 4:00 PM, streamed live at the DOT Facebook Page.
Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat delivered the welcome message, and co-presented with the President and CEO of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Ms. Gloria Guevara Manzo. WTTC represents the travel and tourism sector globally, currently with over 200 CEO members from different countries and from different sectors such as airports, airlines, cruises, destinations, tour operators, travel companies, OTAs, GDSs, car rentals, hotels, digital players, and travel services among others. Guest speakers who shared their insights on the future of the travel and tour industry are distinguished resource persons from three major segments of tourism; from Aviation, Mr. Gary Chapman, President of the Group Services and DNATA Emirates Group; from Investments, Shirley Tan, the CEO of Rajawali Property Group; and from hotels, Mr. Craig Smith, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Marriott International.
Secretary Romulo-Puyat held that the panel serves as a platform so that stakeholders in the tourism industry are provided with the global outlook and educating local players on ways to respond to the Covid 19 pandemic. She recalled the glory days of Philippine tourism until it got hit by corona virus. The secretary also addressed the industry, that while these are trying times, stakeholders can all turn into an opportunity to strengthen our knowledge, familiarize with technological advances, and innovate to cater to new breed of travellers.