MADRID, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The ways people will travel in the future are currently being debated in the World Travel and Tourism Council Summit which opened in the Spanish city of Seville on Tuesday and runs until Thursday.
The event aims to look at the main challenges facing world tourism, with presence from both the public and private sectors and panel discussions, such as "China, A Rising Star," which will focus on China's importance as both a tourist destination and a source market.
"It is the most important global event in the tourism sector," the WTTC President, Gloria Guevara, commented at the opening of the summit.
She said that the private sector was an "agent of change" to help find more sustainable ways of travelling, as well as protecting communities and the environment.
The coming years will see tourism to generate around 100 million jobs, she said, adding that the sector was a great economic motor which offers social benefits and opportunities for all.
"Fifty percent of those of us who work in the sector are women and tourism allows people who don't have high levels of education to work, alongside those who are highly trained," explained Guevara.
The management of the public sector also occupies an important place in the summit, with the former U.S. President Barack Obama as the guest of honor at the event. Obama will give a speech and later meet with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
It is hoped that the summit will have an economic impact of around 2 billion euros (2.25 billion U.S. dollars) for Spain, surpassing the impact of the 2018 summit, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Juan Espadas, th mayor of Seville, the capital of southern Spain's Andalusia region, also spoke at the summit, saying he hoped it would help raise the profile of his city, which is famous for flamenco dancing and already an important tourist destination. (1 euro = 1.12 U.S. dollars)