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GLOBAL TOURISM FORUM

Date: June 10-12, 2021
Venue: Bodrum, Turkey.

Overview

ABOUT US

World Tourism Forum Institute is reshaping economies through tourism development, in countries where they have an untold tourism story to share. It’s our aim to reduce the negative impact of tourism, by increasing the more positive impact of sustainable development goals in tourism globally. World Tourism Forum Institute is London based think-tank focus on tourism industry and develops projects over economics and investment which are linked with tourism.

World Tourism Forum Institute creates a legacy for the host country, through carefully selected and tailor-made initiatives aiming to promote and support the country’s soft image internationally. These experiences are designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad through its conference, WTFI’s masterclasses, and international media promotions.

MANIFESTO

Reshaping Economies Through Tourism The main economic advantage of tourism-related activities is that they contribute to developing countries three high priority goals: income generation, jobs, and foreign exchange earnings. The tourism sector will play an important role in this regard as a driving force for economic development. The effect this industry can have depends on the specific characteristics of each country in the various stages of economic development. Given the complexity of tourism consumption, its economic impact is widely felt in other manufacturing sectors, leading to the accelerated development goals in each case.

2021 Agenda

GLOBAL TOURISM FORUM (GTF)

 Message From General Secretary – Taleb Rifai.

« Any partnership, big or small, will work best when there is a shared goal. That is why at WTFI partnerships matter! »

The Global Tourism Forum, or GTF for short, is an international collaboration platform focused on addressing the challenges for the travel industry. Combining the joint efforts of government agencies, industry stakeholders and academia, GTF strives to achieve sustainable development models for emerging travel markets, as well as devising strategies to ensure tourism growth.

PROGRAM

Date: June 10-12, 2021

Capacity: 300 CEOs – Professionals

June 11, 2021 – Voyage Göltürkbükü Hotel

10:00 – 11:00 – Opening Remarks

Ahmet Aras – Mayor of Bodrum Municipality

İsmail Gülle – President, Turkish Exporters Assembly

Bülent Kuşoğlu – CHP, Vice President

Nadir Alpaslan – Deputy Minister

11:00 – 11:20 – Speech

Jeannette Ceja – Moderator

Taleb Rifai – Former Secretary General of UNWTO, Secretary General of WTFI

11:20 – 11:30 – Message

Tony Blair – Prime Minister of United Kingdom (1997-2007)

11:30 – 12:15 – Mobility and Travel Sector in Europe

Adesewa Josh – Moderator, TRT World

Josianne Cutajar – Member of the European Parliament Travel and Transport Commission

Petar Vitanov – Member of the European Parliament Travel and Transport Commission

Sani Şener – CEO, TAV Airports

12:15 – 12:25 – Message

David Sassoli – President of the European Parliament

12:25 – 12:55 – Bodrum and Luxury Travel

Ersoy Erkazancı – Moderator, Bloomberg

Yiğit Sezgin – Chief Commercial Officer – Accor Hospitality

Batu Aksoy – Chairman, Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum

12:55 – 13:25 – Source Market Russia and Tourism After COVID-19

Jeannette Ceja – Moderator

Ahmet Palankoyev – President of the Russian-Turkish Business Council

Mehmet Okay – Chairman of the Board of ANT Yapı

13:25 – 13:45 – Kazakhstan Tourism After COVID – 19

Ana-Claudia Tapardel – Moderator

Yerzan Yerkinbayev – Chairman of Kazakh Tourism Agency

13:45 – 13:55 – How Europe Leading The Way to Reboot The Travel and Tourism Sector in a Post Covid Era

Eduardo Santander – Executive Director/CEO, European Travel Commission

13:55 – 14:15 – Growth opportunity in Luxury Hotel Segment in ME

Neslihan Gündeş – Moderator

Haitham Mattar – Managing Director, IMEA, IH

14:15 – 14:35 – Azerbaijan Tourism After COVID – 19

Ana-Claudia Tapardel – Moderator

Florian Sengstschmid – Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Azerbaijan Tourism Board

14:35 – 15:05 – Future of Safe Tourism and Luxury Investment

Neslihan Gündeş – Moderator

Ömür Aydın – General Secretary, Royalcet

Dağlarca Çağlar – Çağdaş Holding Deputy Chairperson of Executive Board

Thilo Pahl – Managing Director, German Chambers of Commerce Abroad

15:05 – 15:20 – Interview

Sumaira Isaacs – CEO, World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI)

Henrik Hololei – European Commission Director – General for Travel and Mobility

15:20 – 15:50 – Luxury Consumption After COVID-19

Arda Sayıner – Moderator, Hürriyet

Ralph Radtke – General Manager of Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul and Regional Vice President

Mert Boysanoğlu – Vice Chairman of the Board,

15:50 – 16:00 – The Boat Industry in Europe

Philip Easthill – Secretary General, European Boating Industry

16:00 – 16:20 – How Turkey Leading The Way for Re-opening The Tourism with Safe Tourism Certficatiomn Programme

Elif Balcı Fisunoğlu – Deputy General Manager- Business Events & Tourism Product Development

16:20 – 16:40 – Black Sea – D-8 and Tourism

Ana-Claudia Tapardel – Moderator

Michael Christides – Secretary General, Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Ambassador Nasir Aminu – Director, D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation

16:40 – 17:00 – Understanding The Chinese Travellers

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt – Chief Executive Officer at COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute

17:00 – 17:40 – The Impact of Film and Series on Destination Tourism

Benjamin Erkan Güntöre – Moderator

Bobby Roth – TV – Filmmaker

Bülent Turgut – Filmmaker / Producer MESA

17:40 – 17:45 – Sports Tourism

Javier Zannetti – Vice President of Inter Milan

17:45 – 18:15 – Expectations of Hospitality Sector after Pandemic

James Wrenn – Moderator, Colliers International

Rico Picenoni – Campbell Gray Hotels

Sandra Simone Leibrock – The Tais Hotels

Ersev Demiröz – General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

18:15 – 19:15 – Africa and Tourism Investments

Mathias Basabose – Moderator

Minister of Tourism of Chad

Minister of Tourism of Niger

Minister of Tourism of Gabon

Minister of Tourism of Malawi

Minister of Tourism of Guinea

Minister of Tourism of Congo

19:25 – 24:00 – Online Sessions

Session 1 Tourism Investment and Finance Accessing Sustainable Funding and Social Impact Capital

Moderator:

Laurel Ostfield, Director General, Communications Department, Asian Infrastructure and Investment

Speakers:

Supee Teravaninthorn, Director General, Infrastructure Investment Department (Region 2) Sertac F. Karaağaoğlu, Akfen GYO General Manager

Hatice Gökçe BAŞKAYA, Head of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Department of Foreign Relations and Tourism

Session 3 The Value of Eco-Tourism in COVID-19

Moderator:

Valasia Iakovoglou, Director of Ecotourism Sector, UNESCO chair “Con-E-Ect”

Speakers:

Maria – Ekaterini Papachristopoulou – Tzitzikosta, President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Christina Tetradis, Vice President, ellenic Chamber of Hotels

Paul Bewsher, Director, Ecotourism

Session 4 Digital Transformation in Travel and Tourism Bank

Moderator:

Christian Smart, General Manager , Travelzoo Germany

Speakers:

Nick Pilbeam, Founder and Managing Director, Reficere Consulting International

Dr. Barış Onay, Co-Founder and CEO, Precision Communities

Session 5 Regional Economic Cooperation to Revive Tourism

Moderator:

Sumaira Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI) Dr Rebecca

Speaker:

Fatima Sta Maria, Executive Director, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Session 6 Rebuilding Travel

Moderator:

Juergen Steinmetz, Chairman, World Tourism Network, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Speakers:

Dr. Peter Tarlow, President, Safer Tourism, College Station, Texas, USA

Deepak Joshi, Tourism Consultant, Tourism Consultant, Former CEO Nepal Tourism Board

Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman, African Tourism Board

Session 7 Main drives of the tourism recovery in 2021

Moderator:

Sumaira Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI)

Speakers:

Kiran Afzal, Senior Private Sector Specialist, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation World Bank

Dr. Patrick L.Osewe, Chief of Health Sector Group, Asia Development Bank

Session 8 Tourism Association

Moderator:

Luca Favetta, International Council Member World Tourism Forum Institute

Speakers:

Kai Hattendorf, CEO UFI – The Global Association of Exhibition Industry

Christopher Bloore, President & CEO Tourism Industry Association Ontario (TIAO)

Ori Lahav, VP Client & Services Kenes Group

Session 9 Sustainable Tourism Impacts in Post Pandemic

Moderator:

Guy Bigwood, Managing Director, Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement)

Speaker:

Topher White, CEO & Founder, Rainforest

Individual Speech

Theme: Successful Modeling for Tourism Business in The Seychelles Islands

David Germain, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, Africa and the Americas SEYCHELLES TOURISM BOARD

20:30 – 22:00 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Closing Speeches

Gala Dinner

June 12, 2021

Note: Casual dressing is recommended.

10:00 – Breakfast (Radisson Collection – Bodrum)

11:30 – Radisson Collection – Opening Ceremony

12:30 – Blue Voyage

14:00 – Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum Visit

15:00 – MESA Visit

17:00 – Return to Hotel

 

 

 

Speakers

Tony Blair

Prime Minister of United Kingdom (1997-2007)

Taleb Rifai

Former Secretary General of UNWTO, Secretary General of WTFI

David Sassoli

President of the European Parliament

Nadir Alpaslan

Deputy Minister – Rep. of Turkey

Bülent Kuşoğlu

Vice President, CHP

Ramat Issa Faycal

Minister of Tourism – Chad

Mohamed Hamid

Minister of Tourism – Niger

Ngari Onanga Y’obegue

Minister of Tourism – Gabon

Micheal B. Usi

Minister of Tourism – Malawi

Fanta Fanyi

Minister of Tourism – Guinea

Nsimba Matondo Modero

Minister of Tourism – Congo

İsmail Gülle

President – Turkish Exporters Assembly

Ahmet Aras

Mayor of Bodrum Municipality

Sumaira Isaacs

CEO, World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI)

Ambassador Nasir Aminu

Director, D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation

Michael Christides

Secretary General, Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization

Yerzan Yerkinbayev

Chairman of Kazakh Tourism Agency

Eduardo Santander

Executive Director/CEO, European Travel Commission

Florian Sengstschmid

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Azerbaijan Tourism Board

Thilo Pahl

Managing Director, German Chambers of Commerce Abroad

Henrik Hololei

European Commission Director – General for Travel and Mobility

Philip Easthill

Secretary General, European Boating Industry

Elif Balcı Fisunoğlu

Deputy General Manager- Business Events & Tourism Product Development

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt

Chief Executive Officer at COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute

Javier Zannetti

Vice President of Inter Milan

Laurel Ostfield

Communications Department, Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank

Supee Teravaninthorn

Director General, Infrastructure Investment Department (Region 2), AIIB

Hatice Gökçe Başkaya

Head of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Department of Foreign Relations and Tourism

Valasia Iakovoglou

Director of Ecotourism Sector, UNESCO chair “Con-E-Ect”

Maria – Ekaterini Papachristopoulou

Tzitzikosta, President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Christina Tetradis

Vice President, Hellenic Chamber of Hotels

Paul Bewsher

Director, Ecotourism Africa

Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria

Executive Director, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Juergen Steinmetz

Chairman, World Tourism Network, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Dr. Peter Tarlow

President, Safer Tourism, College Station, Texas, USA

Deepak Joshi

Tourism Consultant, Tourism Consultant, Former CEO Nepal Tourism Board

Cuthbert Ncube

Chairman, African Tourism Board

Kiran Afzal

Senior Private Sector Specialist, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation World Bank

Dr. Patrick L.Osewe

Chief of Health Sector Group, Asia Development Bank

Kai Hattendorf

CEO UFI – The Global Association of Exhibition Industry

Luca Favetta

International Council Member World Tourism Forum Institute

Christopher Bloore

President & CEO Tourism Industry Association Ontario (TIAO)

David Germain

Regional Director, Africa And The Americas Seychelles Tourism Board

Guy Bigwood

Managing Director, Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement)

Sani Şener

CEO, TAV Airports

Jeannette Ceja

Moderator

Adesewa Josh

Moderator, TRT World

Ersoy Erkazancı

Moderator, Bloomberg

Yiğit Sezgin

Chief Commercial Officer – Accor Hospitality

Batu Aksoy

Chairman, Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum

Ahmet Palankoyev

President of the Russian-Turkish Business Council

Mehmet Okay

Chairman of the Board of ANT Yapı

Ana-Claudia Tapardel

Moderator

Neslihan Gündeş

Moderator

Haitham Mattar

Managing Director, IMEA, IH

Ömür Aydın

General Secretary, Royalcet

Dağlarca Çağlar

Deputy Chairperson of Executive Board – Çağdaş Holding

Arda Sayıner

Moderator, Hürriyet

Ralph Radtke

General Manager of Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul and Regional Vice President

Mert Boysanoğlu

Vice Chairman of the Board, MESA

Benjamin Erkan Güntöre

Moderator

Bobby Roth

TV – Filmmaker

Bülent Turgut

Filmmaker – Producer

James Wrenn

Moderator, Colliers International

Rico Picenoni

Campbell Gray Hotels

Sandra Simone Leibrock

The Tais Hotels

Ersev Demiröz

General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

Sertac F. Karaağaoğlu

General Manager – Akfen GYO

Christian Smart

General Manager , Travelzoo Germany

Nick Pilbeam

Founder and Managing Director, Reficere Consulting International

Dr. Barış Onay

Co-Founder and CEO, Precision Communities

Ori Lahav

VP Client & Services Kenes Group

Topher White

CEO & Founder, Rainforest

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