Former US president Barack Obama is to speak at this year’s World Travel & Tourism Council global summit in Spain.

The 44th president of the US has been confirmed as headline speaker at the event in Seville on April 2-4.

The WTTC described Obama as the “natural choice” as a headline speaker for the conference which carries the theme of ‘Changemakers’ to celebrate the people and ideas who are defining the future of the sector.

He served at the White House between 2009 and 2017 amid global economic uncertainty, heightened security concerns and environmental risk.

WTTC president and CEO Gloria Guevara said: “We are humbled and honoured to be hosting such an important leader as President Barack Obama at our global summit this year.

“During his time in office he embodied the notion that travel and tourism is a driver of economic growth and creator of jobs.

“WTTC now looks ahead to April to welcome the many insights that president Obama will share with our members and delegates.

“His vision will help us to shape the future of this important sector.”