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ITB Ministers´ Roundtable, March 2022

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GMT

Geopolitics and the Coronavirus: Implications for Global Travel and Tourism

ITB Ministers´ Roundtable – in cooperation with The Global Travel & Tourism Resilience Council and Jacobs Media

12.00 – 12.10

ITB CEO Keynote

Resiliency and Sustainability as Critical Success Factors for the Global Travel and Tourism Industry of the Future

  • What does it mean to be resilient? Is the industry integrating preparation in business planning? The WTTC study back in 2019 indicated the majority of the industry is not prepared for the next crisis, is it better now?
  • Is the importance of resilience and the need for sustainability driving recovery and regeneration of the travel & tourism industry
  • How will the government aid the tourism industry in transforming to become more resilient?

Speaker:  Julia Simpson, President & CEO World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)


12.10 – 12.50

ITB Ministers´ Roundtable:  Covid to Climate Crisis and Ukraine, Are Policies in Place to Minimize Crises’ Impact on Travel and Tourism?

The Corona crisis hit the tourism industry in many countries around the world harder than average, thereby weakening the economic performance of states, causing company bankruptcies, and increasing unemployment and debt levels.

– In the future, crises of all kinds will occur even more frequently and be more severe. The current Ukraine crisis is an inglorious example, the effects on tourism we are only beginning to sense.

– What impact will the geopolitical turn of events have on global tourism?

– What do sanctions on Russia, closed airspace, dropping of codeshares, withdrawal of airline take-off and landing rights, financial and economic sanctions mean for tourism?

– What can and must policy makers do to make the tourism industry more resilient to crises? How can we get policy enacted now that addresses stranded tourists?

– Which strategies or measures have proven successful and which best practice examples serve as models for sustainable tourism policy?

Panel Guests:

  • Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • E. Vasilis Kikilias, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Greece
  • Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Minister of Tourism, Philippines



  • Monika Jones, Presenter, Deutsche Welle
Geopolitics and the Coronavirus: Implications for Global Travel and Tourism


March 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GMT