03 May 2019, Lucerne, Switzerland: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) have signed a Common Agenda, which commits both organisations to ensuring the Travel & Tourism sector attracts and retains talent to support the 100 million jobs which are forecast to be created by the sector over the next ten years.
The Travel & Tourism sector currently contributes 319 million jobs to the global economy, or one in ten of all jobs on the planet; last year one in five of all jobs created globally were in travel. Over the course of the next ten years another 100 million jobs will be created by the sector, according to research from WTTC.
Together, WTTC and WTFL have committed to position the Travel & Tourism sector with vast opportunities to promote skills, expertise, inclusivity, and personal development which offers professional growth, mobility within and to other countries and one that shapes the future of work.
The Common Agenda will include a wide-ranging academic collaboration on the changing workforce to support the industry’s understanding of how business models, technologies, skill gaps and labour conditions will develop in the coming years. Once this is understood, WTTC and WTFL can better address the requirements of Travel & Tourism and the recruitment requirements which are necessary to ensure the long-term growth of the sector.
Upon signing the Common Agenda, Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC said:
“Travel & Tourism already provides one in ten of all jobs on the planet and will contribute a further 100 million jobs to the world economy over the next ten years. Last year one in five of all jobs created globally were in the Travel & Tourism sector and it is predicted that 47% of all jobs could be transformed or disappeared through technology. It is vital that we understand the changing nature of work and skills required for the jobs of the future.
“Therefore, this Common Agenda comes at an opportune time for WTTC and WTFL to meaningfully engage on the new talent required by the sector and to get ahead of the curve in understanding how workforces are changing and how the travel industry can be at the forefront of this transformative growth.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with WTFL to develop the tools that will support the long-term sustainable growth of travel companies and their leaders in the future of work.”