World’s Leading Travel Bodies Welcome Focus on Jobs at T20 Meeting

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BANGKOK, October 2, 2015 — The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), representing the leading public and private bodies in Travel and Tourism, heralds the importance of this week’s meeting of the G20 Tourism Ministers (T.20) in Antalya, Turkey and its focus on employment.

Travel & Tourism is a major global employer. The sector is forecasted to support over 280 million jobs worldwide during 2015, or one in eleven jobs on the planet.

Over the next ten years, the sector is estimated to generate 25 million new jobs directly and support indirectly the creation of 80 million new jobs around the world.

Most importantly, Travel and Tourism supports jobs across all levels of society. It employs a higher percentage of women (*) and young people than the whole of the economy and provides employment in rural and remote areas across the globe where job opportunities would otherwise be lacking.

David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, speaking on behalf of GTAC, said:

“Our sector creates jobs at different skills levels and in areas where other employment opportunities are scarce. This is why ‘Investment in People’ is one of the four key pillars of GTAC’s Agenda for Growth and Development”.

“In this regard, GTAC commends the G20 Tourism Ministers for placing jobs and employment high on the agenda. Travel and Tourism has a tremendous positive impact on people’s livelihoods, which enhances the community health, wealth and pride.  With the extraordinary growth of our sector forecast for the next decade, we can contribute to promote more inclusive growth. Yet, doing so requires we address existing challenges, namely that of employing enough talent to meet the demand on all parts of the sector which GTAC represents.”

“We encourage governments and private companies to play their full part in supporting the sector and implementing policies which promote proactive and careful talent management. This will help ensure that the full potential for the industry is reached, since recent research (**) shows that without this participation the sector could employ 14 million fewer people and contribute US$610 billion less in GDP to the world economy over the next ten years, when compared to accepted growth forecasts.”

“Failure to plan properly for talent requirements leads to lower growth, reduced investment, less innovation and declining competitiveness – for both countries and companies. GTAC Members are working together in sharing research and best practices when it comes to opportunities, jobs and employment. We need the right policies, programmes and partnerships in place, to ensure that the workforce of the future knows about the opportunities in our sector, and has the appropriate skills and knowledge to support future growth.”

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The Final Declaration from the G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting can be found here: https://g20.org/g20-ministers-of-tourism-discuss-how-tourism-can-create-more-and-better-jobs/
(*) UNWTO/UN Women, Women in Tourism Report  2010, 2011

(**) Research published by World Travel & Tourism Council, Global Travel Trends and Issues 2015 http://www.wttc.org/research/policy-research/human-capital/global-talent-trends/

 

About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 87 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 59 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACICLIAIATAICAOWEFUNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney, and London. Visit www.PATA.org.

About GTAC:
The Global Travel Association Coalition exists to promote a better understanding of Travel & Tourism’s role as a driver of economic growth and employment, and to ensure governments develop policies which contribute to the profitable, sustainable and long-term growth of the industry. Under its goal to provide a stronger consolidated ‘One Voice’, the leaders of GTAC continue to align their messaging and efforts in order to amplify awareness of the viability of the Travel & Tourism sector. An Agenda for Growth and Development (http://www.wttc.org/-/media/upload/gs15/gtac%20document%20final.pdf) was launched in April, 2015 consolidating the common efforts to be followed by all Members of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) are:

  • Airports Council International (ACI)
  • Cruise Lines Association International (CLIA)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

 

Media Contact:
PATA
Paul Pruangkarn
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Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 658 2000
E-mail: Communications@PATA.org