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7-9 November 2022

International Tourism and Investment Conference at WTM - Invest, Finance and Restart

After the resounding success of our in-person summit last May in Dubai, the International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC) team is thrilled to stage a hybrid event on ‘Invest-Finance-Restart’ in partnership with World Travel Market (WTM).

On the 1 and 2  November in London, it will be a hybrid event: in-person and livestream for those who can not  attend due to travel restrictions.

The in-person Summit will enable face-to-face direct interactions and networking opportunities for both attendees and speakers. Moreover, even those hindered by movement or visa restrictions will be able to benefit at a distance from the insights and fresh perspectives of our Summit on ‘Invest-Finance-Restart’.

Monday 1st November 2021

Venue: Platinum Suite, Excel, London

Time: 10:00 - 17:30

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Master of Ceremony - Paul Hoskins, Director ITIC Ltd and Invest Tourism Ltd

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10:00 – 10:30 GMT REGISTRATION

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10:30 – 10:35 GMT Introduction by Paul Hoskins, Director ITIC Ltd and Invest Tourism Ltd

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10:35 – 10:45 GMT Welcome Speeches

  • Dr. Taleb Rifai Chairman of ITIC & Former Secretary-General, UNWTO,
  • Simon Press Senior Exhibition Director, WTM

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10:45 – 12:00 GMT Morning conversations

  • 10:45 – 11:05 GMT Current Economic Outlook, predictions and Recovery plan for 2022
    • Mark Beer, OBE, Chairman of Metis Institute in conversation with 
    • Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development University of Oxford
  • 11:00 – 11:30 GMT Restarting the Travel and Tourism sector
    • Gerald Lawless Director ITIC in a One-to-one Conversation with
    • Julia Simpson, CEO, WTTC
  • 11:30 – 12:00 GMT Building tourism resilience by expanding air connectivity
    • Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC in conversation with 
    • Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica and
    • Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai

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12:00 – 12:10 GMT Discover Botswana

  • Presentation by Hon. Phildah Kereng, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism                     

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12:10 – 13:10 GMT ITIC Tourism Investment MINISTERIAL PANEL 

  • Reimaging incentives to attract FDI to tourism destinations and to reposition the industry as a main driver of economic growth
  • Moderator: Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC
    • Introduction by Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC and former Secretary-General, UNWTO
  • Speakers:
    • Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism Jamaica
    • Hon. Nayef Al Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan
    • Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya
    • Mr Amr El-Kady, CEO of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board

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13:10 – 13:15 GMT Shackle - Your Next Generation Hotel

  • Project Presentation by Mark Abraham, Founder & CEO, Shackle

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13:15 – 14:00 GMT Refreshment and Networking Session

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14:00 – 14:45 GMT Health: Investment in regional vaccination plants as a pre-requisite to restore trust in travel and tourism

  • Moderator:
    • Rajan Datar, Presenter & Broadcaster, BBC
  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC & former Secretary-General, UNWTO
    • Elena Kountoura, Member of European Parliament
    • Cuthbert Ncube, Executive Chairman Africa Tourism Board
    • Denis Kinane, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Cign Post Diagnostics, UK

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14:45 – 15:00 GMT Development of a new Lifestyle Tourism City in San Pedro, Cote D’Ivoire Presentation by Joseph Grah, Project Development Partner

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15:00 – 15:15 GMT Presentation by Manuel Gonzalez, CEO, Tourism Optimizer Platform

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  • Presentation by Marcus Lee, Chairman of Association of SME Business owner

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15:30 – 16:00 GMT Restructuring travel and tourism businesses to lower debt exposure, with new strategic investments to return to profitability path

  • An interactive conversation with: 
    • Mark Beer, OBE. Chairman Metis Institute
    • Dinky Puri, Founding Partner, Eagle Wing Group
    • Gerald Lawless, Director ITIC and Ambassador WTTC

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16:00 – 16:30 GMT Destination Focus:  Investment opportunities in the United Kingdom

  • A thought-provoking discussion between:
    • Rajan Datar Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC
    • Christopher Rodrigues Chairman of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and former Chairman of Visit Britain

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16:30 – 17:15 GMT Re-energising regional destinations through branding and investments to boost tourist arrivals

  • Moderator: 
    • Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC
  • Introduction:
    • Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Director eTourism Lab & Deputy Director International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research,Bournemouth University Business School
  • Speakers:
    • Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP (UK) and Acting-Chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
    • Hon. Memunatu B. Pratt, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone 
    • Nikolina Angelkova, Former Minister of Tourism, Bulgaria
    • Mobin Rafiq, Investor, Entrepreneur and President Commonwealth Entrepreneur Club
    • Andrew Muscat, Secretary-General, Mediterranean Tourism Foundation

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17:15 – 17:30 GMT Closing – Conversation

  • Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai Chairman of ITIC & Former Secretary-General UNWTO
  • Simon Press Senior Exhibition Director, WTM
  • Gerald Lawless, Director ITIC & Invest Tourism
  • Paul Hoskins, Director, ITIC & Invest Tourism
  • Ibrahim Ayoub Group CEO & MD ITIC & Invest Tourism Ltd

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Tuesday 2nd November 2021

The ITIC Deal Room

Venue: WTM South Gallery Room 12, ExCeL, London

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

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  • Meeting with ITIC team to view your investment projects
  • Project Presentations
  • B2B Meetings
  • Networking Sessions

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