The 21st World Route Development Forum will converge Sept. 19-22 in Durban, South Africa, bringing senior leaders from aviation and tourism to address growth issues for an industry that generates nearly 10 percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Approximately 2,500 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected at World Routes, which will be hosted by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.
The event formally commences with the World Routes Strategy Summit on Sept. 20-21 at the International Conference Centre in Durban. More than 50 speakers from over 20 countries are confirmed to speak at the Summit.
“World Routes is a must-attend event for the industry and the Strategy Summit is the only forum where senior leaders and key stakeholders from airlines, airports, tourism and government come together to participate in discussions that will set the commercial and political agenda for the industry,” said Katie Bland, director of Routes for UBM.
“A new daily long-haul flight by an airline can generate more than £130 million ($200 million) in economic activity for a community. New air service is an economic boon, and the negotiations for those flights happen at World Routes.”
The speakers and themes of the conference highlight a growing industry that generates 9.8 percent of world GDP and supports 277 million jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Each year, there is one global and one regional Routes event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively.
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