Western Australia will host the 24th World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in late 2024, marking the first time the event will be hosted in Oceania.
The world’s top business travel and tourism delegates will head to Perth after a successful bid by Tourism Western Australia and Business Events Perth, with support from Business Events Australia.
Business Events Perth Chair, Bradley Woods, said he is delighted that Perth has been selected to host the summit.
“As identified within the Western Australian Government’s Diversify WA economic development framework, tourism is a key sector within our state’s growing and diverse economy,” he said.
“Attracting this prestigious travel and tourism summit to Perth shines a spotlight on the sector and serves as a catalyst in further establishing WA as Australia’s western gateway to the world.
“With our growing direct international air capacity, world-class event spaces and unique tourism offerings, WA is primed to be a global leader in growing our industry’s future; with repeated success in securing major sector focused business events.”
The WTTC is seen as the global authority on the economic and social contribution of travel, tourism and trade and promotes the sustainable and inclusive growth of the sector.
Previous summits have attracted high-profile attendees such as former US President Barack Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron and former UN Leader Ban Ki-moon.
Tourism WA MD, Carolyn Turnbull, said hosting the event presented a significant opportunity for the State to demonstrate its growth, ambition and investment opportunities to WTTC’s members.
“The effect of hosting this event goes far beyond the immediate economic impact generated from delegate spend,” Ms Turnbull said.
“This event will open avenues for conversation around inbound trade and product investments, new inbound aviation routes and the development of high value tourism product business opportunities.
“Business delegates attending this event will be encouraged to extend their stay and explore further afield, so they can experience our dreamlike landscapes, world-class experiences, and expert tourism operators firsthand.”