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We had an amazing first day at the Global Summit in Madrid. We heard from Jose Manuel Barroso, Darren Huston/Priceline Group , Michael O'Learey/Ryanair, Geoffrey Kent/Abercrombie & Kent, and others, and we announced the amazing winners of the 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Join us today as we complete our exciting program with sessions about Spain, Europe, a session on cities with Euromonitor International, a look at tourism's role in philanthropy with Petra Nemcova, and a sure to be exciting keynote from Gary Vaynerchuk.
Watch live at WTTC.org/Livestream
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Travel builds businesses, helps in trade and capital investment, creates jobs and entrepreneurialism for the workforce, and helps protect heritage and cultural values. Our data behind this shows how large the global travel industry really is! 
The World Travel & Tourism Council, the leading travel and tourism business organization in the world, is great at coming up with big picture numbers o
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After her personal experience surviving the 2004 tsunami, Petra Nemcova founded Happy Hearts Fund (HHF) with a mission to rebuild safe-resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. HHF has helped more than 50,000 children and 500,000 community members. Here's what she had to say when we asked her about travel and philanthropy.
Petra Nemcova shares a little insight into her philanthropic work and its ties to her love of travel.
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We asked Dr. Leakey about his views on poaching, human evolution, and what African governments can do to support tourism. Here's what he had to say!
Richard Leakey is a Kenyan politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist.
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We've released a new data search tool. Test out our brand new Data Gateway here, which includes the newly launched Economic Impact Analysis for 2015: www.wttc.org/data
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"We think of the concept of the two-way transformational power of travel — where the traveller is transformed by the experience, as is the community he visited through the benefits of economic development and cultural exchange."

We asked Uncornered Market​ about their thoughts on travel being a force for good. Here's what they had to say.
Can travel be a force for good? Here’s what Dan & Audrey of Uncornered Market had to say.
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+Gary Vaynerchuk will be speaking at the Global Summit in Madrid on Thursday, April 16th. Here's a teaser of what he might have to say to our industry audience.
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The extraordinary Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent, answered a few of our questions on why travel & tourism matters. Read his thoughts here!
What positive impacts do you feel travel makes on the world?
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We asked +Euromonitor International why tourism is so important to cities now. Here's what their CEO, Tim Kitchen, had to say. 
What has happened over the past few years for there to have been such a rise in the importance of tourism to cities?
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In the final part of our Travel as a Force for Good series, we explore how travel can break down fears and stereotypes.
How does travel break down fears and stereotypes?
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It's that time of year again when we release our latest Economic Impact Research, which will forecast Travel & Tourism's contributions for 2015 and the next 10 years. We'll be releasing sneak peeks into specific country data over on Twitter (@WTTC) today, and tomorrow we'll launch our new and more powerful Data Gateway, which will allow users to search through the data using multiple indicators and will do so in a more visual format. 
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Which moments in history have been disruptive to travel? We thought of 11 significant moments: http://bit.ly/1GjPFFP

Can you think of others?
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WTTC is the global authority on Travel & Tourism, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, and drive and generate exports.
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The World Travel & Tourism Council works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest industries. Here's the industry, simply explained in 2 minutes: http://bit.ly/15itZ82

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