by Peter J. Bates

Monday, August 23, 2010

Traveling The World's Best Events

We all know the downside to frequent global travel but fortunately, many of my journeys take me to world-class events that afford exceptional experiences and the opportunity to liaise with fascinating individuals. The past few months I attended three such events – the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Global Summit in Beijing, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the Shanghai Expo – all which greatly impressed me so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

WTTC’s Global Travel & Tourism Summit
Attending the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 10th Global Summit in Beijing this past May was an experience like no other. I was honored to have been invited to participate along with such an elite and masterful group of high-level travel and tourism professionals. I was inspired by the enthusiasm and insights of speakers from Accor, Mandarin Oriental, Abercrombie & Kent, Expedia, American Express, Marriott International and Goldman Sachs. Echoing the sentiments of such great speakers, I firmly agree that the travel and tourism industry has the potential of being the engine to fuel global economic recovery. The 2011 WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit will take place in Las Vegas May 15 – 19. Visit or to learn more about the organization’s initiatives.