About the Summit

‘Invest, Finance & Restart’

The thought-provoking Tourism Investment Summit on 1-2 November 2021 at ExCeL, London


The International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) is thrilled to stage, in partnership with World Travel Market (WTM London), its hybrid (in-person and virtual) Global Tourism Investment Summit on ‘Invest, Finance & Restart’.

DAY 1 – 1 November 2021 – Platinum Suite, ExCel, London
On 1 November, it will be a hybrid event: in-person and livestream for those who cannot attend due to travel restrictions. The in-person Summit will enable face-to-face direct interactions and networking opportunities for both attendees and speakers and will cast new perspectives and insights on the restart of the global tourism industry

Day 2 – 2 November 2021 – ITIC Deal Room – WTM South Gallery Room 12, ExCel, London
On 2 November, project tourism owners and developers from all over the world will be able to showcase their tourism projects to members of the ITIC team in private deal rooms. The ITIC team invites tourism projects owners or developers who are looking for investment to submit their projects so that ITIC can screen them in the Deal Room it has set up at WTM South Gallery room 12 at ExCeL. Project Developers in quest of investment can fill in the form by clicking this link.

The ITIC team will provide actionable advice for attendees, striking mutually beneficial agreements and channeling investments into their projects. ITIC will also to ensure that your project integrates the best environmental, social and good governance practices. We will then actively interface with investors and fund managers to turn your tourism project into reality.

This summit will explore in depth how to restart the industry and focuses on the following critical issues:

  • Current Economic Outlook, predictions and Recovery plan for 2022
  • Restarting the Travel and Tourism sector
  • Building tourism resilience by expanding air connectivity
  • Discover Botswana
  • ITIC Tourism Investment MINISTRIAL PANEL: Reimaging incentives to attract FDI to tourism destinations and to reposition the industry as a main driver of economic growth
  • Health: Investment in regional vaccination plants as a pre-requisite to restore trust in travel and tourism
  • How to attract tourism and investments from China towards the global recovery
  • Restructuring travel and tourism businesses to lower debt exposure, with new strategic investments to return to profitability path
  • Destination Focus: Investment opportunities in the United Kingdom
  • Re-energising regional destinations through branding and investments to boost tourist arrivals

ITIC is eager to flag the challenges to be addressed for the revival of the global tourism and travel industry and thus enable the different stakeholders to be in the starting blocks for 2022.

This ITIC hybrid Conference will connect together investors with developers of untapped tourism projects and under-exploited destinations from all over the world. They will be able to share strategic information and talk about the direction their future business will take while embracing environmental, social and governance concerns.

Why attend?

Message from Chairman Dr. Taleb Rifai

The pandemic has disrupted the world economy but tourism is a resilient sector. Sure, signs are emerging to demonstrate that the sector continues its resilience and is bouncing back and, indeed, has always bounced back from past crises.

ITIC and its Invest Tourism division aim to promote investments in travel and tourism not just to create and develop new hotels, resorts and infrastructure for the traveller but we want these investments to be sustainable in the sense that they become community-based developments which create employment, education, well-being and long term value. Enabling SMEs to grow and to benefit from all travel and tourism interests across the globe for the greater benefit of people and their local communities.

Dr. Taleb Rifai,
Chairman of ITIC &
former Secretary-General of UNWTO

Simon Press

ITIC Speaker
Simon Press
Exhibition Director
World Travel Market London (WTM London)
& Travel Forward (TF)

Simon has been employed by Reed Travel Exhibitions for the last fifteen years. His first role was Exhibition Director on Arabian Travel Market (ATM) held in Dubai.

He moved to WTM London after two years to take responsibility for Head of Sales and new projects and following one year in this role he was promoted to Exhibition Director of WTM London. In 2020, Simon was promoted to Exhibition Director of WTM London and Travel Forward, the global event for travel and tourism technology, taking place alongside WTM London.

Simon constantly looks to innovate and deliver new facets to WTM London and Travel Forward including looking at the online and social community and opportunities around responsible tourism linking the events to Responsible Tourism and Responsible Technology.

He worked extensively in India and Middle Eastern markets. Previous experience includes working in two other large media companies, United Business Media and EMAP, working across exhibitions and publishing.

A former Captain and Officer of the British Army, he served for four years in the Cheshire Regiment (Infantry Regiment). He has played rugby extensively and is now a keen supporter.

Call for Projects

As at June 2019, ITIC has received proposals for live and bankable tourism projects worth of USD 3 billion.

Tourism project promoters are invited to send their Expression of Interest for those projects that are in need of investment.


Contact Details
Ibrahim Ayoub
Group CEO
a: 118 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EAA
t: +44 74 64 03 47 61 / +44 79 74 18 75 71
e: [email protected]

Tourism Investment Projects

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    Hon. Najib Balala, EGH
    Cabinet Secretary
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    Hon. Memunatu B. Pratt
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    Hon. Phildah Kereng
    Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism
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    Ian Liddell-Grainger
    MP UK & Chair
    Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – UK more…
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    Elena Kountoura
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    Dr. Taleb Rifai
    Chairman ITIC & Former Secretary General
    United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) more…
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    Christopher Rodrigues, CBE
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    Gerald Lawless
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    Nicolas Mayer
    PWC Industry Leader Hospitality and Tourism EMEA
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    Mark Beer
    Britsh Laywer &
    Chairman of The Metis Institute more…
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    Ian Goldin
    Professor of Globalisation and Development
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    Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis
    Director of the eTourism Lab
    Deputy Director of the International Centre
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    Dr. Marcus Lee
    Chairman of Association of
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    Ibrahim Ayoub
    Group CEO & MD
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    Paul Hoskins
    ITIC Ltd and Invest Tourism Ltd more…
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    Rajan Datar
    Broadcaster and Journalist
    BBC more…
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    Nikolina Angelkova
    Former Minister of Tourism
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    Rafiq Mobin
    Founder & President
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    Cuthbert Ncube Executive Chairman Africa Tourism Board more…
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    Mark Abraham
    Founder & CEO
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    Simon Press
    Exhibition Director
    World Travel Market London (WTM London)
    & Travel Forward (TF)


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    Eddie Taylor

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    Eddie Taylor
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    Eddie Taylor is Editorial Director of Arabian Business and is a journalist and editor with more than 25 years’ experience.

    He has deployed his skills in a number of tourism-related fields, from editing the inflight magazine for Royal Jordanian Airlines for almost a decade to, helping to articulate a new strategy for the Jordan Tourism Board and overseeing a major content project for Emirates.