The World Travel & Tourism Council’s 20th global summit will take place in April – one month later than the original date.

The event is being organised with the government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and will be held on April 25-27 in Cancun (pictured).

WTTC expects the relaxation of travel restrictions will enable more international participants to take part as the sector looks to recover.

The event will take place in a hybrid format, allowing those unable to travel to benefit from the content virtually.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and chief executive, said: “While Cancun is ready to host our global summit as planned, we believe that moving the event back by just a few weeks will enable people from many more regions around the world to attend the event, in beautiful Cancun, one of the most popular destinations in the world.

“As the global vaccination rollout picks up pace and with international mobility rules expected to be relaxed over the coming weeks, more people from key regions will be able to participate and add to the conversation for the path to recovery.

“Those unable to attend the event in person, will be able to join virtually from anywhere in the world.”

She added: “The travel and tourism sector has been devasted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 174 million jobs impacted, making our global summit more relevant and important than ever.

“The WTTC summit is the most important global platform for leaders of the sector to set the path forward, share the future of travel with the world and accelerate the sector’s recovery.”