Marcelo Risi, Media Officer for World Tourism Organization discusses the importance of the General Assembly in Cartagena especially in regards to issues such as climate change, sustainability, and local economies.
Irma Ugalde Noritz, President of Ecuador Travel Mart discusses next years Travel Mart in which there will be round tables and networking and fixed meetings. It will be a one-day business round event offering Ecuador locations to international market. This will be followed by Peru.
Minister Advisor, Bahaa Mayah, of the Republic of Iraq in the department of Tourism and Antiquities talks about Iraq as needing a lot of help to become the great tourist destination it can be. Security is a big issue as is the looting of antiquities from cultural and heritage sites. Iraq has great wealth in terms of assets and product to offer but needs stability to provide them to the world.
Dieter Wilken of the German Aerospace Center discusses Long-term scenarios for Aviation, specifically in regards to the C.O.N.S.A.V.E. 2050 program. States it is near impossible to see the future but suggests several possible scenarios.
Nicola Austin, Director of the Future Foundation, discusses the future of travel and tourism with a Consumer-led view. Their academic research speaks about trends including more travel from older travelers, growth in consumer leisure, and decline in package vacations.