Tony Blair tourism an instrument for change

first_img“Globalisation is changing the world, technology is transforming the world,” Mr Blair said. Speaking to delegates at the inaugural World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Asia Summit 2013, Mr Blair said decision-making in this post 9/11 world is a difficult task for decision makers, given the scope, scale and speed of change. The former UK Prime Minister said countries like India and Indonesia will also dominate the landscape of travel as economic output becomes more aligned with size of population. “Therefore the need to cooperate and build alliances has never been stronger than it is today,” Mr Blair said. Given the unpredictabile world in which we live, the need for cooperation is more important than ever, especially in the areas of tourism and travel, according to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Given this precedent, Mr Blair emphasised knowledge as the key to opening our minds to others. “As power shifts east, the west is going to have to discover a new spirit of partnership with these countries, in which power will be shared.” With power shifting from west to east, education and partnership will be vital. Source = ETB News: P.T.center_img “Power is shifting east and its shifting fast… in the realm of tourism, over the next ten to fifteen years China will become the biggest nation in the world.” Despite the need for change, there has been little proof in human history that a shift in the global geo-political power balance can occur without conflict. “The industry that you represent is an industry that can genuinely help to bring about not just commerce and prosperity but peace, security and understanding.” “We need to know about each other because it is ignorance that breeds fear and fear that breeds conflict,” Mr Blair said. ETB News is reporting live from Seoul at the WTTC Asia Summit this week. WTTC president and chief executive David Scowsill and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. “That’s why travel and tourism are not just important for enjoyment and business; people visiting other countries and cultures provide a powerful basis for acceptance and education.last_img