The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) – together with the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc, and global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. announced the 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19.
The free live virtual forum, which is open to the public, will take place from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT) [3:00 PM to 6:30 PM GMT] [4:00 PM to 7:30 PM CEST] on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
The 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 will bring together top global scientists and health experts discussing the latest discoveries, evidence-based insights and best practices for living in a world with COVID-19, and will build on a well-received similar forum hosted last year by WTTC and Carnival Corporation. This year’s event will continue those discussions and build on global and industry-wide understanding of COVID-19’s impact on society, including how to safely live in a world with COVID-19.
The event will be of interest to global tourism leaders, WTTC Members, government agencies, destination partners, trade and private businesses who want to hear up-to-the-minute scientific and medical research that can be used to inform practical, adaptable and science-based solutions for mitigating COVID-19, in order to move beyond the pandemic.
Topics will focus on vast knowledge of COVID-19 informing a post-pandemic world
This unique virtual summit, co-hosted by WTTC and Carnival Corporation with supporting sponsor Hilton, is free to attend, and open to the public. The event will focus on the most up-to-date science amassed from the past year of studying COVID-19, including how best to address the many ongoing questions about how the virus will affect society, travel and day-to-day activities moving forward. Panels will include fact-based discussions sharing the latest thinking on epidemiology, screening, testing and tracing, therapeutics, vaccines, practical prevention and mitigation practices and more.
“We are privileged to once again host a panel of esteemed experts who each offer valuable insight on how best to apply the latest science and medical evidence to address the many practical questions people have about living in a world with COVID-19,” said Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of WTTC. “As leaders and global citizens alike, we seek the best and latest information from experts on how we can best move forward and turn the corner on this crisis. I am delighted that WTTC and Carnival Corporation, with partner Hilton are creating a forum where these important conversations can take place.”
Arnold Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corporation, is a member of the WTTC Executive Committee and the North America vice chair. In addition to co-hosting this year’s event, Carnival Corporation worked closely with WTTC leadership to design and produce the first Global Scientific Summit in July 2020.
“We are grateful to the highly regarded experts who have agreed to participate in our 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 – and to share with us what they’ve learned at the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle,” said Donald. “Their insights will be incredibly helpful as businesses and governments alike seek to better understand COVID-19’s impact on society, and together we can determine safe and workable evidence-based practices for mitigating and living with the virus. We also appreciate Hilton for joining us this year as a supporting sponsor.”
Panelists share learnings from intensive year of focused efforts to understand COVID-19
The Summit will feature a robust lineup of world-renowned medical, epidemiological and public health experts to explore and share the most recent findings and daily practices to curb the spread of COVID-19 in a post-pandemic future.
The current roster of panelists, in alphabetical order, includes: