Carnival Corporation chief executive Arnold Donald has been named as new chair of the World Travel & Tourism Council.

He succeeds Hilton boss Chris Nassetta after three years at the helm.

The change came as the WTTC confirmed that its next annual global summit would be held in the Philippines capital of Manila on a date to be confirmed later in the year.

The announcements came at the end of the organisation’s event in Cancun where regular testing was available for all delegates for the duration.

President and chief executive Gloria Guevara said: “WTTC brought together exceptional leaders from across the private and public sectors throughout travel and tourism at our global summit, united in their desire to safely revive international travel.

“Our very presence here, shows that we can resume international travelling once more, by observing the latest health and safety protocols, which WTTC has helped develop for businesses large and small throughout the sector.

“Together we have shown that with a united front, both the private and public sectors in travel and tourism can drive change and get the world moving again so that we can start travelling, exploring and sharing our experiences face-to-face.”

She added: “We concluded our global summit in Cancun, confident that together we can revive a sector which will generate the world’s economic recovery and bring people back together thanks to the amazing benefits international travel and tourism can bring.

“I would like to thank Chris Nassetta for his dedication and commitment over the past three years. He has been instrumental in making WTTC what it is today. 

“Now we embark on a new chapter with Arnold Donald as WTTC’s next chair and look forward to our next global summit which will take place in Manila in the Philippines later this year.”