UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit: Technology for Rural Development

UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit: Technology for Rural Development

5 Nov 2019, 11:00 - 13:00

WTM Global Stage

The UNWTO & Ministers' Summit will provide a truly practical platform for tourism leaders of the public and private sectors to share best practices and explore investment opportunities.

After a successful restructure last year, we continue to present our existing new format which encourages open discussions and innovations. With the private sector crucial in setting the tourism agenda, we invite private sector leaders to a panel, followed by a round table where they will be joined by ministers.

Moderator: Nina dos Santos, CNN International

11:00 - 11:15 Opening & Welcome Remarks

- Simon Press, Director WTM London, Reed Exhibitions

- Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO


11:15 - 11:25 Keynote: Big Data to Help Understand Travel Trends in Rural Areas

- Santiago Camps, Chief Executive Officer, Mabrian Technologies


11:25 - 12:10 Expert Panel: Planning Infrastructure, Technology and Tourism for Rural Development

Experts in transportation, connectivity, financial technologies, innovation and rural development will debate regarding technological solutions and how collaboration, planning and tourism can respond to the challenges faced by rural development.

- Gary Stewart, Board of Governors, University of East London

- Sara Pastor, Managing Director of Destination Media EMEA, Adara

- Debbie Hindle, Managing Director, Four Travel

- Diana Muñoz-Mendez, Senior VP, Global Tourism Partnerships, Mastercard


12:10 - 12:50 Ministerial Discussion: Tourism and Rural Policies to Empower Communities to Innovate

Innovation and technology can have a central role in bridging the divide between urban and rural communities. Following the panel of experts, Ministers of Tourism will discuss strategies and policies in tourism to include more competitive and inclusive technologies that empower communities and foster sustainable development.


12:50 - 13:00 Closing Remarks



  • Nina dos Santos


    Europe Editor


    Nina dos Santos is CNN's Europe Editor based in the network's London bureau. Nina is a respected anchor having presented several Business shows for...

  • Santiago Camps

    Key Note Speaker

    Founder & CEO

    Mabrian Technologies

    High technic profile, I've been always specialized in technologies and software development. At 24, and after participating in diverse companies of...

  • Gary Stewart



    Wayra UK, Telefonica Open Innovation

    Gary has spent the last 20 years learning, practicing and teaching all aspects of entrepreneurial life. He began his career in 2000, working as a...

  • Sara Pastor


    Managing Director of Destination Media EMEA


    Sara Pastor has over 14 years of experience in technology, e-commerce and digital advertising with a special focus in the travel industry. She is...

  • Debbie Hindle


    Managing Director

    Four Travel

    Debbie is the Managing Director of Four Travel, the specialist tourism consultancy and integrated communications arm of Four Communications with...

  • Diana Muñoz-Mendez


    Senior VP of Global Tourism Partnerships


    Diana Robino is Senior Vice President of Global Tourism Partnerships for Mastercard.  In this role, Ms. Robino is responsible for shaping and...

  • Zurab Pololikashvili




    Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili is Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) since 1 January 2018 after being elected by the 22nd Session...