Day 2 - 10 November 2020, Tuesday
10:00 – 19:45 GMT


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

Morning conversations

Current Economic Outlook, predictions and Recovery plan for 2021

Prof. Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, Oxford University

Shaping the Future of Aviation and its projection by 2025

A conversation with Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline Hosted by Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC

Keynote Speech

Mahmoud Abdulhadi, Deputy of Investments – Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Future of Tourism in the Green Economy

  • Hon. Nayef Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan,
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman of ITIC & Former Secretary-General UNWTO
  • Ms. Maribel Rodrigues, Senior Vice-President, WTTC

Conversation hosted by Peter Greenberg, CBS News

Health: Dealing with COVID-19 and how do we restore travellers’ trust and confidence to rebuild business. The New Normal - Learning to live, travel, work and play despite Covid-19

Moderator: Rajan Datar, Presenter & Broadcaster, BBC


Presentation:Angus Urquhart, Sales Director, GeneMe UK

  • Simon Vincent, President Hilton, EMEA
  • Filipe Silva, Board Member, Turismo de Portugal I.P.
  • Professor Heymann David, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House
  • Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, South Korea
  • Tom Jones, Senior Partner, Finn Partners     

Understanding the financial mechanisms that allow you to survive and rebuild

Presentation by Nicolas Mayer, Global Tourism Leader, PWC and in conversation with
Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC

One-to-One interview

with Majed AlGhanim, Managing Director, Tourism Quality of Life – Ministry of Investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC

Analysing the Challenges and Investment Opportunities in the Aviation Sector

Moderator: Vijay Poonoosamy, Director International and Public Affairs of QI & former VP, Etihad Airlines


  • Dale Keller, Chief Executive, Board of Arline Representatives – UK
  • Suha Al Arda, Vice President – Treasury & Managements Accounts – Finance
  • Gavin Watts, Client Transformation and Delivery Director, Yoti

Video Presentations and Coffee Break

Special Focus on the Middle East market - Investment opportunities in Sustainable Travel and Tourism sector

Moderator: Gerald Lawless, Director ITIC & Ambassador WTTC


  • Hon. Nayef Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan
  • H.E Avedis Guidanian, Former Minister of Tourism, Lebanon
  • Haitham Mattar, CEO, Beyond Tourism 
  • H.E Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal. Executive Chairman of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority Shurooq
  • Hammad Al Balawi, General Manager of Investments – Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director Jordan Tourism Board 

Investing in Africa: Tourism an important pillar for African development.

Moderator: Mark Beer, Chairman Metis Institute


  • Nick Barigye, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Finance Limited
  • Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman African Tourism Board
  • Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

Looking at the Economic Impact of Current Investment Trends in Airports

A Conversation with Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, hosted by Peter Greenberg, CBS News

How investment in travel and tourism sector can drive growth and cooperation within the Commonwealth countries?

Moderator: Lerato Mbele, Journalist and Broadcaster, BBC


  • Hon. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Tourism, South Africa
  • Hon. Memunatu B. Pratt, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone
  • Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP UK and Chair Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK
  • Lord Rami Ranger, President Entrepreneurship, Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club
  • Mobin Rafiq Founder and President of the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club
  • Lee Hayhurst, Executive Editor at

How to attract China outbound investment and tourism during and post covid19.

Presentation by Marcus Lee, Chairman of Association of SME Business owners in China

Video Presentations

Challenges and Opportunities for Mergers and Acquisitions in the Post Covid Stage

Moderator: Ibrahim Osta, International Tourism Strategist, Chief of Party, USAID Developing Sustainable Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, implemented by Chemonics International


  • Video presentation by Duma Wang, CEO, Hiseas International Travel Group, China
  • Nicolas Mayer, Global Tourism Leader, PWC
  • Michel Taride, Strategic Adviser & former President Hertz International
  • Kee Chong LI Kwong Wing, Independent Director, AFREXIM Bank

Investment opportunities - Presentation of Destinations and Tourism Projects in quest of investment

Project Introduction by Paul Hoskins, Director ITIC Ltd and Invest Tourism Ltd Brazil

  • 17:10 – 17-20 Brazil – presented by Karl Heinsenberg Santos, General Manager – Investment Attraction, Ministry of Tourism​ – Brazil
  • 17:20 – 17:40 Saudi Arabia, The Future of Travel and Tourism in Saudi Arabia, recovery through sustainable investment.

A conversation between Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman of ITIC & former Secretary-General UNWTO; Haitham Mattar, CEO of Beyond Tourism and Nick Mayer of PWC.

Tourism Resilience: This may not be the last crisis, how can you prepare to face for any future global catastrophe

Moderator: Peter Greenberg, CBS News


  • Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Hon. Nikolina Angelkova, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC and former Secretary-General UNWTO
  • Christopher Rodrigues, WTTC Ambassador and Chairman of Port of London Authority
  • Raki Phillips, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority (RAKTDA)

Tourism job retention and job growth strategy: marketing tourism as a destination for Employment

Moderator: Nigel Fell, C-Suite leader and not-for-profit Board Advisor to Governments, Tourist Boards and Tourism Business Owners


  • Konrad Mizzi, former Minister of Tourism Malta
  • Judy Kepher-Gona, University Educator / Sustainable Tourism Advisor & founder Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda
  • Catheryn Khoo-Latimore, Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia
  • Brian Mullis – Board member of Transformational Travel Council

Recovery plan for a stronger digital travel and tourism industry post Covid-19 and Beyond

Moderator: Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Director eTourism Lab & Deputy Director, International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, Bournemouth University Business School


  • Jayant Kolla, Founder and Partner Convergence Catalyst and Sensate  Technologies
  • Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman African Tourism Board
  • Daniela Wagner, Director International Partnership, Jacobs Media Group
  • Diego Fuentes Díaz, Chairman & Founder – Tourism Optimizer   Platform


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

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