Testimonials from Attendees
2015 Politicians Forum Testimonials
Hon. Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa, National Department of Tourism, South Africa:
“This has been very enriching for us and the discussions have been extremely interesting. We are learning how to deal with the challenges from those with more experience in this industry. It has been good to gain insights from the private sector and understand how collaboration between government and business is essential....Overall, this has been a very good learning experience.”
Hon. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Iceland:
“The talks were informative and there was a strong sense of cohesion in the Forum. The main point that I have taken from today is that, to make the most of meetings business opportunities, it is very important to have good co-operation between several ministries within government, and I’m pleased to find that we are on the right track.
I’ve also realised the real extent of the opportunities to be developed in the area of innovation and tech-transfer, and how they can benefit the local economy. With expertise in, for instance, geothermal technology and the Arctic, these are two areas in which we could build more conference and meetings business.
I’ve been impressed by the meetings industry, how well-organised and structured it is, and the IMEX trade show is remarkable."
Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
“In almost every meeting I have with the Heads of State, Prime Ministers or Ministers they say... How can we attract more meetings? How can we become more involved and engaged with the Meetings Industry?
The progress of the Meetings Industry IS the progress of the Travel & Tourism Industry. The progress of the Travel & Tourism industry IS the progress of economies and societies and that’s exactly why it is at the heart of our mission with the United Nations.”
Mr David Scowsill, CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC):
"Meetings and events increase global trade, boost knowledge, foster scientific advancement, help destinations diversity products and reduce the ebon flow of seasonality... meetings remain an unrivalled method to build knowledge but for all these benefits to be realised to their full potential – the sector must galvanise fully the support of governments."
Lynn Lewis-Smith, CEO, Business Events Sydney:
Gordon Innes, CEO, London & Partners: