The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and Carnival
Corp. will co-host a virtual scientific summit focused on Covid-19 on July 28.
The summit, which will be free and open to the public, will
share the latest scientific knowledge and evidence-based best practices related
to prevention, detection, treatment and mitigation of Covid-19.
Global tourism leaders, WTTC members, government agencies,
destination partners and private businesses will share medical evidence that
can be used to inform practical, adaptable and science-based solutions for
mitigating and living with the disease.
WTTC CEO Gloria Guevara said that Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold
Donald had approached her with the idea. Donald is a member of the WTTC Executive
Committee and its vice chair for North America.
“This event will be a powerful platform for harnessing the
best thinking from across all fields of knowledge in the public and private
sectors,” Guevara said in a statement. “The science of this virus is rapidly
evolving, and these real-time insights will be invaluable in helping us
determine evidence-based protection and mitigation measures to combat Covid-19.
They will also help drive global alignment and collaboration on the frontiers
of science and policy, which is critical to the survival of this important
The event will feature a series of panels, each focusing on
an area of science surrounding Covid-19 and will include best practices from
different industry sectors and world regions to control and limit the spread of
Update: This report was updated because the date of the Summit was changed to July 28.