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The virtual curtain closed on the Future Hospitality Summit

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The virtual curtain closed on the Future Hospitality Summit

The Future Hospitality Summit came to a close following a hugely successful 2-day event which saw the hospitality world come together live from Riyadh and across the world to discuss, reimagine and pave a new path towards the future.

The event, which was powered by Bench Digital, welcomed over 100 special-guest speakers and more than 6,000 attendees from 140 countries for what proved to be two invaluable days of critical insights and knowledge exchange.

Over the course of the hybrid virtual conference, a comprehensive three-pillar programme, developed in partnership with hospitality industry creators, innovators and mentors, focused on understanding the new landscape, collaborating and assessing opportunities, and innovating to recreate the industry’s future. Participants discussed how to forge a path forward based on building a tourism and hospitality sector that is relevant to a post-pandemic world and attractive to future travellers, consumers and workers. Speakers also considered ways of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, while ensuring that tourism development remains sustainable in economic and environmental terms.

The event attracted global leaders from across the sector, including His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization and Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council. Sarah R. Al-Husseini, General Director of International Cooperation at Ministry of Tourism, Saudi Arabia, and Chair of the G20 Tourism Working Group closed the event with a summary of key achievements driven by Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 tourism.