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Feb 11 2013

President Bill Clinton to keynote WTTC Global Summit, Abu Dhabi, 9-10 April

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.
President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.

Abu Dhabi, UAE. Monday 11th February, 2013: President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit which takes place in Abu Dhabi, 9-10 April 2013.

Other Summit speakers include more than 40 leading public figures, including Sir David Frost, British journalist and media personality, Daryl Hannah, American actress and activist, Sir Jonathon Porritt, environmentalist, David de Rothschild, adventurer and environmentalist, David Scowsill, President and CEO, WTTC, and James Hogan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways.

Co-hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Etihad Airways, the Global Summit will be held in Abu Dhabi's five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers with a Gala Dinner taking place at the magical Emirates Palace hotel.

David Scowsill, President & CEO WTTC, said: "The 2013 WTTC Global Summit will explore the implications of our dramatically changing world economy and growing population on the Travel & Tourism industry. Four months after the world celebrated its one billionth international traveller, it will examine what we need to do collectively to prepare for the next billion."

James Hogan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said:" The WTTC Summit provides an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the remarkable emergence of Abu Dhabi as a global economic centre and a tourism and aviation hub. In facing today's global challenges, the emirate is a living example of what is possible when vision is backed by investment, commitment and decisive action."

Attendance at The Global Summit is complimentary and by personal invitation only to bona-fide journalists. Those journalists wishing to express an interest to attend the Global Summit should send an email to media@wttc.org

Follow the Global Summit and have your say on our official Twitter feed @WTTC

About WTTC
The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the industry, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. In 2011 Travel & Tourism accounted for 255 million jobs globally. At US$6.3 trillion (9.1% of GDP) the sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth. For more than 20 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world's leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses. These Members bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, raising awareness of the importance of the industry as an economic generator of prosperity.

ABOUT ABU DHABI TOURISM & CULTURE AUTHORITY
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate's tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate's heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination's development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 70 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 90 aircraft on firm order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com.

For more information please contact:
Samuel James Dulka
Senior Marketing Communication Executive,
Tel: +971 2 4181475
Email: SDulka@tcaabudhabi.ae

For further information, please contact:
Toby Nicol
Communications Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7481 6484
Email: toby.nicol@wttc.org
www.wttc.org

© Press Release 2013


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