The Third edition of the ‘Future of Tourism Summit’ (FOT 2019), was held on 23rd September under the theme ‘Challenges and Growth in the Face of a Crisis.’ It’s highlights included an interview by Richard Quest – CNN’s Editor-at-Large and host of Quest Means Business with the Honourable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka – Ranil Wickremesinghe among other highlights. This year’s event brought together top global destination experts, including special advisor to the UNWTO Anita Mendiratta who shared their specialist knowledge and insights on how tourism industries can implement sustainable strategies in the long-run and recover and rebuild following a variety of incidents ranging from terror attacks to natural disasters.
Quest is CNN’s foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team. Quest Means Business destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. Guests of the show have included world leaders such as David Cameron and Petr Necas of the Czech Republic; the biggest names in banking such as Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Robert Zoellick, the former President of the World Bank; European policy makers including IMF boss Christine Lagarde, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn; and some of the most influential names in corporate America including DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally
Special Advisor to the Secretary General, UNWTO
Topic: Rising Above – Emerging Stronger Through Crisis
Mendiratta has mastered the art of breaking through conflict and help governments and businesses extract their much-needed skillsets to overcome crisis related obstacles. Her experience and contribution in managing crisis response and recovery after social unrest, terror attacks and natural disasters, uniquely qualifies her to speak on this forum.
He has extensive experience with digital and content development and marketing working within DMOs, the private sector and as a consultant. After working in both the public and private sector developing destination websites and online marketing campaigns, he formed E-Tourism Frontiers taking a practical, business driven approach to developing practical tourism strategies and public private partnerships around the world. He founded and managed the DATA project with TripAdvisor which creates regional forums for DMOs to share analytical data and discuss digital best practice