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2018 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Forum And Concert

Rwandan President Kagame and former Ethiopian PM Desalegn address succession of power at the Ibrahim Governance Forum

KIGALI, RWANDA – Fighting corruption can be a dangerous business, according to a new book by former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal. It’s one of the most important issues affecting delivery of public service to the people, which was the focus of the 2018 Ibrahim Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who received the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Outstanding Achievement in African Leadership, said that her winning had given hope to girls all over Africa that they can work hard, play by the rules, and can achieve their dreams.   

Hailemariam Desalegn, who recently resigned as prime minister of Ethiopia, said he had done so to accelerate the process of reform in his country. As a new democracy, he said Ethiopia had to make big changes to be able to involve more people in its civic life.    

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the essential question confronting African governments is why public finance is unable to properly provide public service. Speaking of his own succession, he said that whoever comes after him will have their own challenges and shouldn’t seek “to fill his shoes.” He also spoke about the Rwandan approach to public service, which involves every citizen playing a part in giving back to the nation. 

The Ibrahim Forum, the Leadership Ceremony and a popular music concert are all part of the annual Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which takes place in a different African country each year. 

Shows:

  Kigali, Rwanda (28 April 2017)

1. Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal signing her book, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines”

2. Ngozi speaking about the danger of fighting corruption, saying: When you have vested interests that have captured an area, a sector, a country – what have you – and they feel threatened because you are trying to make things work properly, then it’s very dangerous because they will take action because you are touching their livelihood. 

3. Former Liberian president and Ibrahim Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the audience of the conference hall

4. Sirleaf speaking about the importance of winning the Ibrahim Price for Outstanding African Leadership, saying: Women, not only in Liberia and Africa, but in the world, know that if you strive to meet your goals, when you succeed, and when you follow what is the law of the land, and you’ve met all the international standards, the world can be yours. And I tell you, as a result of this prize thousands of your girls, thousands of young women, all over Africa, now dream big. 

5. Former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn walking on to the stage

6. Desalegn speaking about why he left office, saying: I have to set aside my self in order to force these deep reforms. Otherwise the reforms are going very slow and sluggish, which will ultimately yield to a disintegration of my country if we don’t go fast in reforming in a genuine way and in a robust way

7. Audience

8. Desalegn speaking about his future, saying: I hope I can contribute to my country and also to the continent in the years and months to come.

9. Rwandan President Paul Kagame walking on to the stage

10. Kagame speaking about economic management, saying: Leaders across Africa, whether they are presidents or prime ministers—these are important leaders— even others at different levels, the fact that we cannot manage our wealth to deal with our poverty is a defining issue as far as I know it for Africa

11. Audience wide shot

12. Kagame speaking about succession, saying: Everyone has their shoes. I didn’t have to fill anybody’s shoes. I am sure there are people out there who will fill their shoes who will do service to this country differently. They don’t have to fill my shoes. They have to do what they have to do for the country, and starting from where the country is. I started from a different place.   

13. Kagame speaking about public service, saying: It’s about making sure that you mobilize people’s involvement. It’s work to be done. You go to the people. You tell them there are things to do by everyone. Even by those who are going to be served, are going to do something for themselves for connecting with those who are going to serve them. So everybody has responsibility towards this service: those who are expecting it and those who are expecting to deliver it.  

14. Kenya band Sauti Sol sound check

15.Sauti Sol member Delvin Sahara Mudigi speaking about playing at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation concert, saying: Looking at this country, looking at where Africa is, looking at our governance, looking at the kind of leadership that we have and where we want to translate from and to, it’s time that we give importance to this kind of message. So I think being here and for Moto do this is quite amazing for the African people.

Kigali, Rwanda (28 April 2017)

16. Sauti Sol performing  

17. Rwandan band The Ben performing 

18. Nigerian singer Peter P-square speaking about playing at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation concert, saying: We young people – it’s our time to take over. We are going to get there soon. We have a role to play in politics, whether we like it or not. So I think it’s a wonderful initiative and good to have people like us to talk to the people, to gather the people, to deliver our message to them.

19. Peter P-square performing 

Other: Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

• Ibrahim Index of African Governance

• Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

• Ibrahim Forum

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa at the Tipping Point (2017), Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde). The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Receives The Ibrahim Award For Outstanding Leadership In Africa

KIGALI, RWANDA – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, last night accepted the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a special Leadership Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.

Speaking to guests from Rwanda and around the world, President Sirleaf said: “As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth… My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, ‘I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.’ The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.”

The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is a US$5 million award paid over 10 years, and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter.

Presenting the Prize to President Sirleaf, Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee, said: “She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, and may I add, men, in public service.”

Praising President Sirleaf, Alassane Ouattara, President of neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire, said: “Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.”

Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “It is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda.”

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, said: “Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions. During our time in office we must work as hard as we can to do the right things for our people’s future.”

The Leadership Ceremony is at the heart of the 2018 Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which takes place in a different African country each year. 

Shows:

1. Exterior views of the Kigali Conference Centre

2. Interiors shots and forum hall

3. Former South African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel walking with former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

4. Former President of Cape Verde and 2011 Ibrahim Prize laureate Pedro Pires arriving in hall

5. Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arriving in hall with Rwandan President Paul Kagame

6. Dancers and music

7. Wide shot of Kagame on stage

8. Kagame saying: Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions.

9. Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, saying: Brothers and sisters, it is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda. Nobody really addressed the gender issue as comprehensively as this country.

10. Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Outarra on stage

11. Outarra saying: Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.  

12. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee speaking about President Sirleaf: She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, in public service. and may I add, not only to women but an inspiration to men.

13. Audience applauding

14. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and Ibrahim 2017 Prize laureate on stage.

15. Sirleaf saying: As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth.

16. Sirleaf saying: My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, “I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.” The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.

17. Presidents, former presidents and prize committee members gather on stage

18. Liberian singer Phionah Mbabazi supported by her band and dancers from the Nyundo School of Music

19. Liberian band The Ben performingalso supported by a band from the Nyundo School of Music.   

Other: Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

• Ibrahim Index of African Governance

• Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

• Ibrahim Forum

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa at the Tipping Point (2017), Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde). The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

 

Media releases, photographs and other detailed resources will be available for all media.

You will be able to watch the Broadcast live on the Foundation’s website.

You can follow the Foundation on Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Suggested hashtags to comment #MIFKigali

Contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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Overtourism Represents A Potential Hazard To Popular Destinations Worldwide

Story: Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – At it’s Global Summit in Buenos Aires, the WTTC unveiled its new Office of Healthy Tourism, an operation “committed to ensuring that as tourism becomes a larger portion of economies around the world, local people and the communities they live in are the primary beneficiaries.”

At this years Summit, discussions about “overtourism” were held with travel industry CEOs – Arne Sorenson from Marriott, Peter Fankhauser of Thomas Cook, Geoffrey Kent of Abercrombie and Kent Friedrich Joussen of Tui.

 What is overtourism?

In August 2016. Rafat Ali, the CEO and founder of Skift, wrote a foreword to an article about the impact of tourism in Iceland. It was entitled “Foreword: the coming perils of overtourism“.

In this, Ali wrote: “Overtourism represents a potential hazard to popular destinations worldwide, as the dynamic forces that power tourism often inflict unavoidable negative consequences if not managed well.

“In some countries, this can lead to a decline in tourism as a sustainable framework is never put into place for coping with the economic, environmental, and sociocultural effects of tourism. The impact on local residents cannot be understated either.”

Harold Goodwin of Responsible Tourism elaborates in this point, saying: “It is the opposite of responsible tourism which is about using tourism to make better places to live in and better places to visit. Often both visitors and guests experience the deterioration concurrently.”

Why is overtourism happening now?

On a very basic level, there are more tourists now than ever before.

The world is getting richer, with an ever-growing middle class emerging in developing countries, and many of these people are spending their disposable income on travel. The Brookings Institute recently released data suggesting that the global middle class could currently stand at around 3.7 billion, with another 160 million set to join the group annually for the next five years.

In 2017, international tourist arrivals grew by 7% up to 1.3 billion. The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasts that this will continue to grow in 2018, but at a more sustainable pace of 4–5%.

There are a few factors at play here. One is the Chinese market. At the beginning of the 21st century, just 10.5m overseas trips were made by Chinese residents. In 2017, the figure was 145m – an increase of 1,380 per cent. The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) predicts that overseas trips by the country’s residents will increase to more than 400m by 2030.

Less seismic, but notable nonetheless – there is another group that is contributing to the rise in global tourism: millennials. As a group, 22 to 37 year olds are prioritising experiences over “stuff”. So rather than buying TVs, clothes and getting a mortgage, an entire generation is more interested in spending their money on holidays.

Of course, tourism is a huge player in the global economy and a boom has its positive forces. In 2017, tourism contributed just shy of $8 trillion to the global economy – that’s 10 per cent of the world’s GDP. There are around 300 million workers in the tourism and travel sector, a number that the WTTC predicts could rise to 380 million in the next ten years.

But the fact is that more and more of the world’s top destinations are eliciting the symptoms of chronic overtourism: any combination of overloaded infrastructure, bottlenecks at “must-see sights”, physical damage, the alienation of locals and emergence of tourist traps.

Where are the destinations affected by overtourism?

Venice is the go-to example of a destination sinking under the weight of its own popularity – on Easter Sunday this year it received 125,000 visitors. That’s the same number of tourists that visit entire countries, like Bangladesh, annually.

But Venice is not alone. Dubrovnik, Macchu Picchu, Iceland, Barcelona, Thailand have all made headlines in the last few years for taking action against the negative impact that tourism has brought.

What can be done to stop overtourism?

There is no single solution to the world’s overtourism problem, not least because the problems faced at each destination are completely different.

Some believe that increasing the price of travel will curb the problem. Geoffrey Kent, CEO of Abercrombie and Kent, told Telegraph Travel: “I’ve always said we should charge more. Tourism should be a high yield product, not a cheap product.”

Whether this manifests as higher flight or cruise tickets, tourist taxes or entry fees to destinations, the idea of increasing travel costs to curb international tourism is not a straightforward fix. In doing so we would risk retreating to a world where travel is only available for the rich, not the masses.

Tourist boards have their part to play, too. A serious option could be for them to focus on alternative destinations that would benefit from a tourism boost, simultaneously relieving the strain on the blockbuster sights. An example of this is the North Coast 500, which has brought attention to a corner of the Scottish Highlands that few international tourists previously visited.

Then there are the sharing economy websites, like Airbnb and HomeAway, who have been accused of undercutting hotels while not collecting tourist taxes (where they are required). In cities such as Barcelona, the site has been blamed for the rise in rent prices, as investors move to turn entire buildings into luxury apartments for short-term lets to international visitors.

Shows:

00:00 Soundbite: Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott International

01:44 Soundbite: Peter Fankhauser, CEO Thomas Cook

02:58 Soundbite: Geoffrey Kent, Founder and CEO, Abercrombie & Kent

03:51 Soundbite: Friedrich Joussen, CEO, TUI Group

05:02 File GVs Various Tourist Destinations

Other: Overview of WTTC: 

World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit, where the world leaders in Travel & Tourism come together annually to discuss, debate and align the industry in matters of travel facilitation, policies for growth & importantly look celebrate best practices in environmental sustainability.

The great and the good of Travel & Tourism attending the Council’s Global Summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina include His Excellency Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina, HRH Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, film director Francis Ford Coppola, and the presidents and CEOs of major travel companies, airlines, hotels, airports and others from every part of the world.

For more information www.wttc.org

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Industrial-Scale Illegal Poaching Threatens Tourism & Produces Global Response To Save Animals & Communities

Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“There are massive threats to wildlife – perhaps the most immediate threat is coming from the illegal wildlife trade. It’s because it is involved, involving trans-national organised criminal groups, rebel militia – they go in and they poach and smuggle at an industrial scale.” – John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks, defines the problem

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – The issue of illegal poaching and smuggling is set not only to threaten the lives of endangered animals but also kill-off the livelihoods of the communities that rely on wildlife to provider: doctors, schools and jobs.

Travel & tourism has been targeted by lifelong wildlife campaigner, John Scanlon and his words along with a real understanding from ground level operations sparked an industry-wide rally cry to tackle the issue of poaching. With 40 companies & organizations already signed up to a detailed declaration, the travel and tourism sector finds itself on the front line because of the numbers of people it employs on the ground, in the affected remote destinations. Utilizing this intrinsic link to vulnerable communities through education, as well as liaising with government law enforcement, means big business is set to make a major impact in the fight against poachers.

There was a real sense of urgency at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit, which opened April 18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Industry leaders including John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks, Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group, Darrell Wade, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, the Intrepid Group and Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, Geoffrey Kent all appreciated that time was indeed running out for a meaningful response.

John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks, defines the problem:

“There are massive threats to wildlife – perhaps the most immediate threat is coming from the illegal wildlife trade. It’s because it is involved, involving trans-national organised criminal groups, rebel militia – they go in and they poach and smuggle at an industrial scale.” 

Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group, describes how wildlife sits at the heart of travel and tourism:

“I think because travel and tourism, if you look at it – the very heartbeat of travel and tourism is about the environment, it’s about wildlife. These are the attractions that drive a lot of travel and tourism.” 

Darrell Wade, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, the Intrepid Group, explains how the travel & tourism industry has specifically picked poaching as the issue to focus on:

“Wildlife Tourism is an important part of tourism and so there’s a direct link between our interests, as an industry, and the issue of wildlife preservation. And I think certain players in the industry have looked specifically at the issue of poaching and are saying, ‘you know what – we can do something about this.” 

John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks, warns of the direct danger to the travel and tourism sector:

“You’re going to lose the fundamental resource that underpins wildlife-based tourism if we don’t get on and do something about it and you have a fundamental role.”

And describes the draft declaration action which sets out what the sector must do:

“Now what’s so exciting here is the travel and tourism sector did not hesitate. It drafted a declaration, setting out in clear detail what the sector would do. There’s already 40 members that have signed up.” 

Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group, outlines travel and tourism’s commitment to the declaration:

“And it’s really saying, we as the tourist industry have a responsibility here and we can have a positive impact.” 

Geoffrey Kent, Chairman and CEO, Abercrombie & Kent captured the determined mind-set at the Global Summit when he commented:

“You’ve got to be very active and proactive and do real things. People have got to be arrested, people have got to go to jail. We’ve got to stop it because only elephants should wear ivory.” 

Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group, identifies the need for the local community to benefit from action the sector takes:

“That’s where you’ve got to get into this and that’s how you’ve got to be clear to be about setting these things up so that the local communities benefit from what we’re doing.” 

John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks, looks to underline the raft of important services that local communities rely on endangered wildlife to support:

“Giving them access to healthcare, access to education, access to employment, then they become the best protectors of wildlife. They see their development path through wildlife.” 

And his sobering appraise of the situation, comes from a lifetime of gleaning genuine insight into the issue:

“If we don’t stop it now, these animals and plants, they will be lost and they will be lost on our watch – so we have to move now.”

Shows:

00:00 Title Plate

00:07 B-Roll: Poachers Stock Footage

01:09 Soundbite: John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks

01:27 Soundbite: Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group

01:43 Soundbite: Darrell Wade, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, the Intrepid Group

02:06 3 x Soundbites: John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks

02:27 Soundbite: Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group

02:38 Soundbite: Geoffrey Kent, Chairman and CEO, Abercrombie & Kent

02:51 Soundbite: Gary Chapman, President, Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group

03:03 Soundbite: John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Park

03:16 Soundbite: John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Park

03:26 B-Roll: H.E. Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina

03:56 GVs WTTC Global Summit Buenos Aires 2018

05:09 B-Roll Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council

05:21 GVs Argentina / Buenos Aires

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Overview of WTTC: 

World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit, where the world leaders in Travel & Tourism come together annually to discuss, debate and align the industry in matters of travel facilitation, policies for growth & importantly look celebrate best practices in environmental sustainability.

The great and the good of Travel & Tourism attending the Council’s Global Summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina include His Excellency Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina, HRH Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, film director Francis Ford Coppola, and the presidents and CEOs of major travel companies, airlines, hotels, airports and others from every part of the world.

For more information www.wttc.org

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WTTC Warns Airports At Over Capacity – Biometrics Solutions Only Way Forward

Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – At the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit, which opened April 18 in Buenos Aires, there was a sense of urgency to deploy biometric solutions as industry leaders warned that airports, many already over capacity, cannot handle an additional 21 million additional fliers annually. Governments, they acknowledge, have little appetite to spend money expanding current facilities or build new ones. 

Biometrics, they note, have the potential of doubling capacity by speeding more travellers through existing terminals more quickly while simultaneously making the experience more pleasant. In the U.S.A, 8 airports and 3 airlines have launched test programs.

On the back of the Facebook data breach – can biometrics deliver queue-free travel for passengers who agree to share data?

Industry leaders including Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, WTTC CEO Gloria Guevara, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths, former CEO of Visa International Christopher Rodrigues, Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Leader Guy Langford and Emirates Airlines president of group service Gary Chapman all weigh in on issues of privacy, technology, intergovernmental cooperation and trust. 

Facial recognition, iris scans, fingerprints and finger vein readers hold the promise of removing the hassles that currently make airports a test of endurance and patience. 

Shows:

00:00:00 Title Plate 

00:07:22 B-Roll Biometrics Stock Footage  

01:15:06 Soundbite Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council 

“The answer is technology. Technology can help us because we all have a unique identity. Biometrics, for instance, can help us to make the journey more efficient and seamless.” 

01:33:14 Soundbite Arne Sorenson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International 

  “I think more and more, you look at what’s happened with Facebook – is this concern now about privacy and about how information gets used.” 

01:52:19   Soundbite Gary Chapman President Group Services & dnata Emirates Group

“We’re not going to be in the business of spying on our customers. Where there are security issues – think about how security markets where we are already searching cars maybe, searching baggage before it comes into the hotel – by and large that is not happening in the United States or Canada.” 

02:03:09 Soundbite Guy Langford Vice Chairman US Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Leader, Deloitte

“Actually, the US Customs and Border Protection has deployed Biometric technology at 8 US airports, to my knowledge. And they’ve actually entered into a pilot, effectively, with 3 major airlines and are talking to several more.” 

02:25:11 Soundbite 2 Guy Langford Vice Chairman US Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Leader, Deloitte

“There’s a great example where using Biometrically-scanned information, they were able to board a flight – I think it was leaving, an international flight leaving LAX, in less than 20 minutes for 350 passengers using that technology.” 

02:49:08  Soundbite Christopher Rodrigues CBE Chairman, British Council 

“If you can interoperability between governments then the technology is the easy bit.”

02:58:09 Soundbite Paul Griffiths Chief Executive, Dubai Airport 

“There’s some very exciting new technology that’s being used in the banking industry and that’s finger-vein recognition. Because, apparently, one of the most unique identifiers about any human is the vein-structure in our hands. And there’s some very intriguing technology where, if you simply pass your hand over the top of a low-energy x-ray scanner, it gives you the entire vein-imprint of your hand and that is utterly unique.” 

03:35:00 B-Roll H.E. Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina 

04:05:20 B-Roll Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council 

04:17:17 GVs WTTC Global Summit Buenos Aires 2018    

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Overview of WTTC: 

World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit, where the world leaders in Travel & Tourism come together annually to discuss, debate and align the industry in matters of travel facilitation, policies for growth & importantly look celebrate best practices in environmental sustainability. 

The great and the good of Travel & Tourism attending the Council’s Global Summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina include His Excellency Mauricio Macri, President of the Republic of Argentina, HRH Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, film director Francis Ford Coppola, and the presidents and CEOs of major travel companies, airlines, hotels, airports and others from every part of the world. 

For more information www.wttc.org 

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“The Girl In The Spider’s Web” Wraps Principal Photography In Stockholm With Photocall

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – On Friday April 13th, the film cast from “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant and director Fede Álvarez attended a photocall of the eve of wrapping principal photography in Stockholm where the thriller is based.

Cult heroine Lisbeth Salander returns to our cinema screens this autumn in a new adventure.  “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will be released in cinemas by Columbia Pictures globally from October 17th, 2018.

Shows:

SIZZLE REEL

Dur: 1’ 27”

SOUNDBITES

Claire Foy

‘Lisbeth Salander’

Dur: 1’ 15”

Fede Álvarez

Director

Dur: 2’ 23”

Sverrir Gudnason

‘Mikael Blomkvist’

Dur: 1’ 25”

Lakeith Stanfield

‘Ed Needham’

Dur: 1’ 17”

Stephen Merchant

‘Frans Balder’

Dur: 0’ 35”

B-ROLL

Shots of Stockholm + photocall

Dur: 0’ 48”