Press articles | World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
London, UK: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has been invited to address EU tourism ministers on behalf of the private sector today at a high-level meeting behind closed doors in Dijon.
Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the WTTC, congratulated the European Ministers for their determination and their solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The WTTC was there to highlight the importance of tourism recovery for Europe, creating jobs for 24 million people in the EU.
During this historic event, Julia Simpson said: “The WTTC and its members stand with the people of Ukraine. It is above all a humanitarian disaster, but also an economic one. We have all witnessed the shocking scenes on our television screens and our hearts go out to the innocent victims.
“After almost two years of no international travel, loss of businesses and millions of jobs, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“If restrictions continue to be lifted, the sector could employ nearly 24 million people in the EU and contribute some €1.3 trillion to the region’s economy this year.
“As Presidency of the Council of the European Union, France is in a unique position to make a real difference. The recovery in Europe is at a critical moment. We need to keep the economy open and restore unrestricted travel. »
Julia also highlighted the importance of a sustainable recovery and addressed the role EU Ministers can play in reducing carbon emissions by 25 million tonnes of carbon per year.
“Aviation is making great strides in sustainability, but it needs urgent support. For 20 years, airlines have been promised a Single European Sky allowing planes to fly the shortest routes. Today “Today, planes are zigzagging across Europe, burning extra fuel. The time for talk is over. If the EU is to meet its sustainability targets, it must act.”
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