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WTTC Summit pre-opening press convention in Cancun is just not prepared for questions

The world of travel and tourism is looking for answers in Cancun. WTTC will hold its first summit on Monday and Tuesday. There are great expectations. Can they be delivered?

  1. Cancun is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
  2. The world of tourism is currently gathering at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun to attend the summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
  3. At today’s press conference before the opening there were many questions and no answers.

Gloria Guevara, CEO of WTTC, and Carlo Joaquin, Governor of Quintana Roo, asked the media to attend a press conference in Room A of the Moon Palace Convention Center on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Journalists showed up on time and in large numbers, waiting to get answers on how the WTTC summit could become a trendsetter to get the global travel sector back on track. The conference started about an hour late and journalists were waiting to ask questions.

How can this summit be more than just interesting presentations from sponsors such as Global Rescue or Saudi Arabia Tourism? This is an opportunity and policy makers should be expected to share private sector solutions. WTTC claims to represent this private sector.

At today’s press event it was announced that tourism has declined by around 50% worldwide. The governor thanked WTTC and WTTC thanked the governor.

Other questions remained unanswered. Journalists were given a colorful book about Cancun, but had no opportunity to ask questions.

Everyone who entered the room had to have their temperature checked. The chairs were 6 feet apart, but when Gloria and the governor left the event, social distancing was no longer an issue. There were no safeguards to keep aggressive journalists apart and to give the WTTC CEO and governor room to leave the room.

The excitement of a physical event about restarting the tourism industry was too great. WTTC must be credited to make this summit against all odds.

The next two days will be shown and eTurboNews will broadcast the event live on all eTN websites on Monday and Tuesday.

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