The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that its 22nd event will take place in Riyadh from November 29 to December 2.

The announcement was made at the closing session of its Global Summit in Manila last week, where WTTC President and CEO, Julia Simpson, stated: “We look forward to our 22nd Global Summit later this year in Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to mark the next chapter in the sector’s ongoing recovery.

Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO and Board Member of the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), added: “We are excited to welcome the world to experience the excitement and the energy of Saudi. We promise you that the next summit will be fresh, inspiring, and rewarding.”

At the Manila summit, staged under the theme ‘Rediscovering Travel’, tourism ministers and travel and tourism leaders reinforced their determination towards greater cooperation and alignment between the public and private sectors.

At WTTC’s Global Leaders Dialogue session they explored how the sector will continue to adapt to COVID-19 and emerge resiliently from the pandemic.

WTTC’s latest Economic Impact Report also revealed the travel and tourism sector will create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade and its contribution to GDP could reach pre-pandemic levels by 2023.