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All-star tourism conference will set tone for WTM

All-star tourism conference will set tone for WTM

A new all-star global conference – the International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC) – is about to start in London. It will be held from November 1-2, 2019 at the Intercontinental Park Lane London, just ahead of World Travel Market (WTM). This may well be the most important days for those attending WTM.

The conference will be moderated by Mr. Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster with the BBC. The event will have a special focus on the continent of Africa and its islands, and it is supported by the African Tourism Board (ATB). Opening the conference will be a welcome from HE Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman of ITIC and former Secretary-General of UNWTO. Dr. Taleb Rifai is currently a patron of ATB, and some of his team members will also be attending the event: Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman of ATB; Alain St. Ange, President of ATB; and Juergen Steinmetz, Chief Marketing and Communication Officer of ATB and publisher of eTurboNews.

Among the all-star speakers are:

HRH Princess Dana Firas of Jordan

HE Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President Emeritus of Malta

Hon. Elena Kountoura, member of European Parliament

Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, World Travel Market, Reed Exhibitions

Tourism Ministers:

Hon. Najib Balala (Kenya)

Hon. Edmund Bartlett (Jamaica)

Hon. Memunatu Pratt (Sierra Leone)

Hon. Nikolina Angelkova (Bulgaria)

This tourism conference is a new hands-on concept to present investment needs and at the same time meet global experts and many travel and tourism celebrities who will be ready to talk to attendees throughout the event

Take a look at the exciting 2-day program:

Day 1 – Friday, November 1, 2019

08:15 – 08:50: Conference Registration

08:50 – 09:00: ITIC Conference Introduction

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome Speech

09:10 – 09:20: The Global Financial Landscape – Investment Opportunities and Challenges

09:20 – 09:40: Investing in the future – lessons from the past

09:40 – 09:50: Global Tourism Trends and Africa – Island Nations Positioning How Africa and Island Nations can position themselves to surf on global tourism trends?

09:50 – 10:30: Investors’ Expectations for an Attractive Return on investment in the Travel and Tourism Sector

10:30 – 10:45: Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

10:45 – 11:15: Panel Discussion Empowering Women through opportunities in the Travel and Tourism Industry

11:15 – 11:30: Tourism Investment Opportunities in Kenya – One-to-One Interview with Hon. Najib Balala EGH – Cabinet Secretary of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya

11:30 – 12:00: Panel Discussion: The impact of Air Connectivity and Transport Infrastructure on Growth in Travel and Tourism

12:00 – 12:15: Developing a New Tourism Destination – One-to-One Interview with Mr. Adel A. Tashkande, Advisory Account Manager, Investor Advisory and Relations of Invest Saudi, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)

12:15 – 13:00: Essential Business Case on Tourism Embracing UN Sustainable Development Goals

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch and Networking Break

14:00 – 14:45: Ministerial Panel: African and Island Nations – Opportunities for Investment in Travel and Tourism Development Projects, Infrastructure and Services

14:45 – 15:30: Reimagining hotels of the future – exceeding Patrons’ Expectations

15:30 – 15:45: Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break

15:45 – 16:00: The Power of Social Media – Tourism Strategy and Creative Services

16:00 – 16:45: Panel Discussion: Climate Change and Tourism Resilience Management

16:45 – 17:00: Importance of Effective Branding to add value to the National Tourism Product

17:00 – 17:30: Panel Discussion: How education and Talent Development are Crucial to the Travel and Tourism Industry?

17:30 – 17:35: Day One – Closing

19:30 – 20:00: Cocktail

20:00 – 22:30: Dinner & Cultural Show

Day 2 – Saturday, November 2, 2019

09:00 – 10:00: Welcoming – Morning Coffee

10:00 – 10:15: Travel and Tourism Development Projects that will attract Investors and Tourists

10:15 – 11:15: Financing Tourism and Travel Development Projects

11:15 – 11:30: Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

11:30 – 13:15: Tourism Project Owners’ Presentations

13:15 – 13:30: ITIC Conference Closing

13:30 – 17:00: Lunch, Refreshment and Networking Break

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