ICS Connects: Sumaria Isaacs, CEO and Member of Executive Council, World Tourism Forum Institute (Episode 12)
Are you wondering what the future of exchange will look like?
ICS Connects reveals unscripted insights, forming genuine conversations with global meeting experts. Join Mathias Posch, the Host of ICS Connects, and President of International Conference Services, for trending topics and 360 meeting views. Bridging the connection between associations, convention centers, tourism bureaus, destination marketing organizations, and thought leaders in the MICE industry. Explore emerging ideas, challenges and strategies as we navigate this transformative meeting landscape and continue to move forward in our pursuit to connect people and facilitate change.
Learn About the International Tourism Industry's Post COVID Recovery
Nearly seven months into the global pandemic of COVID-19, Sumaria Isaacs speaks to the recovery of international tourism business. Will travel look and feel always feel different? How about several years from now? What will the 'new normal' look like in the short term, and the long term post pandemic? Sumaria shares her insights as well as an overall update on the future of exchange, travel, tourism, and the meetings industry. Hear about new initiatives and examples of countries pushing towards tourism regeneration around the world.
As a destination expert and influencer, with over 25 years’ experience, Sumaria brings immense international knowledge and ‘art of international insights and best practices’ on how to establish and grow a destination, within the tourism industry. She has been fortunate to have worked along with several Tourist Boards, Associations and Local Governments in Africa, Middle East, India and north America. Her expertise and body of work over the years, comprises of tourism and destination strategy development and action planning - supporting some of the most prolific “winning tourism destinations” such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, Canada, and most recently South Africa and Pakistan, to name just a few. Currently, she serves as CEO of World Tourism Institute a Tourism Think Tank committed to reshaping economies through tourism, with special focus on Africa.