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Travel and Tourism as a Strategic Sector for Development and Security

January 29, 2018 • 1:30 – 3:00 pm EST

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The travel and tourism sector is an important engine for growth and development. Travel and tourism contributes to the preservation of culture, fosters job creation and the development of infrastructure. As an industry, it makes up ten percent of the world’s GDP, one-tenth of jobs, and contributes US$1.4 trillion in exports. The sector is booming: growing at 4% each year in the past seven years, with 1.2 billion international tourists today and 1.8 billion projected by 2030.

The “development” case for tourism is well established. However, there is also value in examining the geopolitical potential of the travel and tourism sector, as an opportunity to further leverage its development impact. Countries should consider approaching travel and tourism from a more strategic lens—as an important instrument to advance diplomacy and security concerns with regard to fragile states . What is unique about this sector? How are countries using travel and tourism strategically? What is the United States’ approach to this sector?

Please join us for this important and cutting edge discussion about travel and tourism.

Erol Yayboke

Erol Yayboke

Former Director, Project on Fragility and Mobility and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development

Isabel Hill

Director, National Travel and Tourism Office at the United States Department of Commerce

Hannah Messerli

Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy, Chair, International Institute of Tourism Studies, the George Washington University

Helen Marano

Executive Vice President of External Affairs at the World Travel and Tourism Council

John Perrottet

Senior Tourism Specialist – Industry Solutions, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Chris Seek

President and CEO of Solimar International