The third annual International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) will be opened by Egypt’s first female Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat.

Dr. Al-Mashat, who was appointed in January, will be interviewed live on stage by Anita Mendiratta of Cachet Consulting and a member of ITCMs’s advisory group at November’s

ITCMS being held in London in the week of World Travel Market.

Following a sequence of events that adversely impacted the Egyptian tourism industry – global economic downturns, regional instability and national socio-political changes, the sector has rebounded robustly and is steadily recovering.

As an esteemed economist, who has worked for the IMF in Washington and the Central Bank of Egypt, Dr. Al-Mashat will talk about Egypt’s vision for reforming the tourism sector and thereby increase Egypt’s competitiveness.

Over the last three years ITCMS has established itself as a vital meeting place for global leaders in travel, resilience and crisis management.

The event brings together senior players from across the travel industry, governmental bodies, and crisis and risk specialists to debate and discuss the key issues impacting travel.

Daniela Wagner, director of international partnerships at Travel Weekly Group parent Jacobs Media Group and founder of ITCMS, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have secured such a high profile and influential figure in world tourism as Dr. Al-Mashat to speak at this year’s ITCMS.

“Our vision for this summit from the start was that the international travel sector needed an event for anyone involved in world tourism to share ideas and best practices, discuss key issues and collaborate where they have vested interests.”

“We clearly hit a nerve and ITCMS has very quickly become established as a must-attend global

event, enabling us to use the London summit as a platform to run other regional events to expand our international reach.”

Dr. Al-Mashat, said: “The tourism industry is a major strategic pillar of Egypt’s economy and a key driver for employment opportunities. Through structural reform and changing the narrative, Egypt is now at a pivotal point and ready to demonstrate its ability to attract visitors at an accelerated rate.”

In June a Resilience Through Tourism Summit was held in Jordan at which over 230 delegates heard from tourism ministers, industry leaders from PATA, UNWTO, USAID and Aito, and experts from Bournemouth University, TripAdvisor, Mastercard and Finn Partners.

Duncan Horton, chief executive of Jacobs Media Group, said: “our aim is to be the leading global platform to shape and develop thought-leadership initiatives which help to share best practice in key areas including technology, training, investment, communications and business recovery programmes.”

ITCMS 2018 will take place on November 8 at The Royal Institution, 21 Albermarle Street, London, W1S 4BS. Single delegate places are available now for £249+VAT and group discounts are also available.

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