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SATH and SATH Publications at WTTC’s 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in India

Mar 31, 2005
SATH and SATH Publications at WTTC’s 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in India

SATH and Open World, SATH’s premier quarterly publication for travelers with disabilities and the mature traveler, would be well represented by our Executive Coordinator Jani Nayar at the 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in India. Jani Nayar is responsible for the SATH web site as well as the bi-monthly SATH Newsletter.

The press release for the summit is given below.

The 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit
Government Ministers and Industry Leaders Meet to Find New Ways to Realize the Full Social and Economic Potential of Travel & Tourism

New Delhi - February 10, 2005
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today unveiled the detailed agenda for the upcoming 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit which will take place in New Delhi from April 8-10, 2005. In a series of highly interactive discussions and key-note presentations, leading government, industry and media players from around the world will focus on the need for the Travel & Tourism sector to realize its full potential for social and economic good.

As one of the largest industries in the world today, responsible for employing more than 200 million people and generating over 10 per cent of global GDP, Travel & Tourism provides a gateway to economic progress particularly in areas where there are few alternatives. Delegates will discuss how success is being achieved, which companies and governments are leading the way and the impact of future developments.

Under the overall theme, 'Realizing the Potential', highlights of the agenda include:

Summit inauguration by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, The Honourable President of India
Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International describing how the Travel & Tourism industry can create genuine prosperity for everyone involved
A panel discussion focusing on where it will be right for the public and private sectors to collaborate and where it will not
An investigation, involving Tourism ministers from four different continents, into the strategies necessary to make a destination successful
Launch of a new economic tool that can help forecast the economic impact of a disaster and estimate the speed of recovery
A debate about the best way for the industry to communicate in the face of natural and man-made catastrophes
A premonition of the industry's future with Roger Bootle, an economist with a reputation for making controversial predictions that have turned out to be correct
Opinions from business leaders on the prospects for growth, consolidation and restructuring in the Travel & Tourism sector
An investigation into the latest innovations and the implications of new technology
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Carlson Companies describing how companies and their people can work together for their mutual benefit
A panel discussion on inspirational leadership in the Travel & Tourism industry
Barry Sternlicht, Executive Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, giving his personal views on branding success
A conversation about which is the better business strategy: to create or to trade?
The final summing up by a panel of highly influential business leaders

In addition to the individuals mentioned above, the following speakers are also confirmed:

From India:-

Raymond Bickson, Managing Director Indian Hotels Company Ltd
Renuka Chowdhury, Minister of Tourism, India
Dinesh Keskar, President Boeing, India
PRS Oberoi, Chairman, The Oberoi Group
Lalit Suri, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Hotels Ltd

From the rest of the world:-

Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways & Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority
Ronald Andruff, President & CEO, Tralliance Corporation
Giovanni Angelini, CEO & Managing Director, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Minister of Tourism, Greece

David Baffsky, Chairman, Accor Asia Pacific

Douglas Baker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance, US Department of Commerce

Huseyin Baraner, Board Member, MNG Holding A.S.

Henrik Bartl, Managing Director, Head of Specialized Property financing, Aareal Bank AG

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President, World Travel & Tourism Council

Roger Bootle, Managing Director, Capital Economics

Eulogio Bordas, CEO, THR Tourism Consultants and President of Dream Resorts

Christopher Brown, Managing Director & Chief Executive, TTF Australia

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Carlson Companies

Alex Christou, Partner, Travel Services, Accenture

Jennie Chua, Chairman & CEO, Raffles International Ltd

David Clifton, Managing Director, Europe & Asia, Interval International

Glen Davidson, Senior VP Worldwide Travel Insurance & Related Services, American International Group (AIG)

Peter de Jong, President & CEO, PATA

Alain Demissy, President of the Executive Committee, Mondial Assistance Group

Welf Ebeling, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Leading Hotels of the World Ltd

Ahmed El Maghraby, Minister of Tourism, Egypt

Sebastián Escarrer, Vice-Chairman, Sol Melia

Manuel Fernando Espirito Santo, Chairman, Espirito Santo Tourism

Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Michael Frenzel, Chairman, TUI AG

Laurence Geller, Chairman & CEO, Strategic Hotel Capital

Douglas Gollan, President & Editor-in-Chief, Elite Traveler Magazine, Universal Media

Nik Gowing, , BBC World

Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, NBC Today Program & Chief Correspondent, The Travel Channel,

Nisid Hajari, Managing Editor, Newsweek International

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder & Chairman, easyGroup

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, Gulf Air

Noel Irwin-Hentschel, Chairman & CEO, American Tours International

Geoffrey JW Kent, Chairman & CEO, Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies

Alex Kyriakidis, Managing Partner, Travel Tourism & Leisure, Deloitte

J Willard Marriott Jr., Chairman & CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

Bruno Matheu, Vice President, Air France

David McMillan, Chief Executive Officer, International Hotel & Restaurant Association

Richard Miller, Executive Vice President, World Travel & Tourism Council

David Mongeau, Vice Chairman, CIBC World Markets

Erkan Mumcu, Minister of Tourism, Turkey

Tom Nutley, Chairman, Reed Travel Exhibitions

Alan Parker, Chief Executive, Whitbread plc

Jean-Gabriel Peres, President & CEO, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Dionisio Pestana, Chairman, Group Pestana

Wang Ping, Chairman, Chamber of Tourism Commerce, China Federations of Industry Commerce

Christopher Rodrigues, President & CEO, Visa International

Judy Slatyer, CEO, Lonely Planet

David F Stein, CEO, The Stein Group

Barry Sternlicht, Executive Chairman, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Jonathan M Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels

Daniela Wagner, Managing Director, International,

Philip Wolf, CEO, PhoCusWright, Inc

Vincent A Wolfington, Chairman, Carey International Inc.

Peter Wong, Chairman, MK Corporation

Peter C Yesawich PhD, Chairman & CEO, Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell

Tim Zagat, Chairman & CEO, Zagat Survey LLC

Sarmad Zok, Chief Executive Officer, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Jose-Luis Zoreda, Chief Executive Officer, Exceltur

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, The Honourable President of India asked for the following message to be read out: "Our global society continues to face major challenges, one of the most important being the imbalance between the 'haves' and 'have nots'. If the Travel & Tourism industry can realize its full potential, this will make a real difference."

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC President, said: "I am privileged to be launching such a superb programme. At the 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, all the major issues confronting our industry are on the agenda and each will be addressed by several top individuals from government and the private sector. Their views will be open to challenge from the audience in highly interactive discussions moderated by some of the world's most prominent journalists. I am confident that the ideas and conclusions that emerge will stimulate progress on a global level."

Mr Lalit Suri, Chairman, WTTC India Initiative & Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Hotels concluded: "India is a very fitting destination for the Summit. The WTTC India initiative has been working towards realizing the true potential of Travel & Tourism in this country for more than five years and as the Indian economy continues to grow, I believe that Travel & Tourism will make a major contribution. This event will bring together a vast pool of experience and knowledge from across the globe which is sure to benefit the Travel & Tourism industry in India and far beyond."


About the World Travel & Tourism Council

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global business leaders' forum for Travel & Tourism. Its Members are Chairmen, Chief Executives and Presidents of the world's most prominent Travel & Tourism organizations. It is the only body, representing the private sector in all parts of the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide.

For further information about WTTC, organizer of the Summit, please visit or contact Olivia Ruggles-Brise on or + 44 20 7481 8007

For further information about the 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, including registration, media accreditation and full details of the programme, please visit or contact:-

In India
PR Pundit
Rest of World:-
Olivia Ruggles-Brise
Policy and Communications Co-ordinator
World Travel & Tourism Council
+ 44 20 7481 8007


David Tarsh
Communications Consultant, WTTC
+ 44 7770 816070