UK Tourism Minister and VisitBritain host influential tourism MPs

The fifth T.20 Ministers meeting was hosted at the start of World Travel Market 2013 and in the grounds of one of the Britain’s most popular tourist attractions, The Tower of London.

Twenty tourism ministers from across the world focused on highlighting tourism as a driver of economic growth and job creation. A key aim was to discuss other potential policies for economic growth associated to tourism such as those linked to connectivity, visas and fostering new relationships across governments.

“Tourism is an industry that can lead the new economic global model for growth and job creation,” says Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman at VisitBritain. “It was an honour to be able to host one of the most influential tourism meetings on British turf and of course in such dramatic setting.
“Global tourism represents one of the fastest growing and resilient industries around the world and in 2012, exports from international tourism reached US$1.3tn, which is 30 per cent of the world’s service exports.”
Tourism accounts for nine per cent of world GDP and generates one in eleven jobs worldwide.
The delegation included:

  • Minister of Tourism for Argentina, Carlos Enrique Meyer
  • Minister of Tourism for Brazil, Gastão Dias Vieira
  • Vice Chairman of CNTA in China, Jinping Liu
  • Minister for Crafts, Trade and Tourism, France, Sylvia Pinel
  • Parliamentary State Secretary for Germany, Ernst Burgbacher
  • Secretary, Ministry of Tourism for India, Parvez Dewan
  • Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy for Indonesia, Mari Elka Pangestu
  • Under Secretary of State for Tourism for Italy, Simonetta Giordani
  • Director General, Regional Development in Japan, Masahiko Yoshida
  • Minister for Tourism for Mexico, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas
  • Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the Republic of Korea, YOO Jinryong
  • Head, Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, Alexander Radkov
  • Minister of Tourism for South Africa, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk
  • H.R.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud from Saudi Arabia
  • Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism for Spain, José Manuel Soria López
  • Secretary of State of Tourism for Spain, Isabel Borrego Cortés
  • Minister of Culture and Tourism for Turkey, Ömer Çelik
  • Minister of Sport and Equalities for the UK, Helen Grant
  • Director, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Department of Commerce for the US, Isabel Hill
  • Deputy Director-General in DG Enterprise at Industry for the European Commission, Antti Ilnari Peltomaki



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