RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – A virtual conference for global leaders in the hospitality industry is being held later this month by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism and the G20 Secretariat.
The event is part of the International Conference Program and has been developed to tackle the big ideas and challenges faced by the hospitality industry in the Kingdom and the rest of the world.
It takes place on Oct.26 and 27 and involves more than 100 industry speakers and thousands of participants from around the world.
The digital event platform will provide an immersive live experience, including a virtual exhibition, one-to-one video networking and integrated chat features.
High-profile speakers include: Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International; Arnold W. Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation; Glora Guevara Manzo, CEO and president of the World Travel & Tourism Council, and Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority.
The event wants to provide an inspirational and important platform to bring industry together amid the coronavirus pandemic to discuss how the outbreak has affected global and local tourism.
The speaker’s lineup will discuss and reimagine the future of hospitality in the Middle East and across the globe.
The event also wants to help participants create an industry that is relevant for a post-pandemic world, supportive of entrepreneurs and innovation, sustainable for the global economy and the environment, and attractive to the workforce of the future.
Summit organizers have put together live program session for delegates that focus on understanding the new landscape, collaborating and assessing opportunities, and innovating to recreate the industry’s future.
The event will also feature a ‘networking area’ that will match visitors with another decision – maker in the room for a quick video call, and allows people to exchange business cards virtually.
There will be roundtables for more-focused interactions and discussions on specific industry topics where people can join a multi-screen live video conversation to exchange business and industry knowledge.