Travalyst Global Summit

July 7th, 2020

Thursday 30th July, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a devastating impact on the travel and tourism sector, with the World Travel and Tourism Council forecasting that more than 100 million jobs in the industry around the world are at risk[1]; representing a loss of over a third of all tourism-related jobs. 

Kerala, India by Dexter Fernandes

Now, there is a critical need for a global reimagining of the international travel and tourism industry, as one of the world’s largest service sectors seeks to recover from an unprecedented shutdown. Harnessing the collective power of our partners and platforms, we want to support the industry in building back, with more resilience; by working alongside communities and destinations who are reliant on travel and tourism to ensure sustainability is part of their recovery efforts. Together, we have the opportunity to rebuild for a more balanced and equitable future.

In order to understand the greatest challenges and priorities to recovery, Travalyst hosted a virtual Global Summit to bring together stakeholders from across the travel and tourism industry to listen, learn and explore how we can help the sector to evolve in the process. 

The Global Summit was hosted in two sessions to accommodate participants from around the world; with each session featuring discussions specific to the region.
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APAC Summit
EMEA & Americas Summit

“The global pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, and in the process destinations and communities who rely on travel and tourism for their livelihoods are facing a challenging and uncertain reality. Meanwhile, we must remember that the growth of tourism was on an unsustainable trajectory. As the travel and tourism industry begins to recover, we want to learn from those who are keeping communities and sustainability at the heart of what they are doing to build back better.”

The Duke of Sussex

Speakers from each of the Travalyst partners, who shared insights on the effects of the pandemic and details of industry initiatives and resources, reflected on the summit:


  • Travalyst partner insights and industry resources
  • Destination spotlight: how can a robust sustainability strategy aid in the recovery of travel and tourism?
  • Listen and learn: how to rebuild tourism for a more sustainable and balanced future?

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Last Summit

Travalyst’s Scotland Summit, February 2020.