World Travel & Tourism Council

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Lobbying Costs


Financial year: Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.5 Fte (2)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    World Travel & Tourism Council   (WTTC)

    EU Transparency Register

    348115818639-60 First registered on 07 Sep 2015

    Goals / Remit

    - WTTC is the body which represents the Travel & Tourism private sector globally
    - Our Members consist of CEOs of the world’s T&T companies and industry organisations engaging with Travel & Tourism
    - WTTC has for 25 years been quantifying the economic impact of T&T in 185 countries

    Our three strategic priorities are:

    1. Security and travel facilitation
    - Collaborative working to increase security & improve travel facilitation through the use of technology.
    - Seamless processes for entire journey where private sector and public are integrated
    - Use of technology to achieve that seamless process, biometrics is the solution
    - Visa facilitation such as regional visas, e-visas and visa on demand stimulates demand to countries, generating more visitors, more spend and more GDP/jobs
    - Need to quantify the impact of best practice of visas and visa policies
    - Need to share that impact with governments

    2. Crisis preparedness and management
    - Integration of Travel & Tourism players in crisis planning processes
    - Inclusion of private sector in preparation and management of crises, which leads to faster recovery and less impact on jobs

    3. Sustainable growth
    - Climate Action: T&T has a leading role to play in addressing climate change, through reducing carbon impact using science-based targets and moving towards carbon neutrality
    - Destination Stewardship : Long term planning which includes public, private sectors and communities is vital for viable and sustainable destinations
    - Jobs/workforce/skills: T&T as a sector has unique ability to produce quality jobs because of mobility, opportunities, minimum skills, high expertise - Building the bridge between the needs of the industry and the workforce
    - Social responsibility: T&T needs to be socially responsible and play its part in addressing global challenges such as the illegal wildlife trade, child protection and human trafficking

    Main EU files targeted

    EU Schengen visa code recast
    European Travel information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)
    Smart Borders Package (Entry and Exit System (EES))
    Visa waiver programme


    Head Office
    The Harlequin Building, 65 Southwark St
    London SE1 0HR
  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Ms Virginia Messina (Government Affairs Director)

    Person with legal responsibility


  • Categories


    III - Non-governmental organisations


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    1. Official Guest Status in APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

    2. Official International Organisation status with ASEAN, engaging Ministerial meetings and engaging in member projects. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand to promote political and economic cooperation and regional stability. Brunei joined in 1984, Vietnam joined ASEAN in 1995, Laos and Burma were admitted in July 1997 and Cambodia joined in 1999. The ASEAN Community is comprised of three pillars, the Political-Security Community, Economic Community and Socio-Cultural Community.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year


    Other financial info

    WTTC is a non profit organisation funded primarily by Membership Fees and supported by income from its annual Global Summit. All funds generated are used solely to support the mission of the Council.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    1)Provided a research study on the economic impact of the potential suspension of visa reciprocity with the USA. This was used in one-on-one meetings as well as shared with relevant Members of Parliament, permanent representations, and Commission staff.
    2) Contributed to public and industry consultations for Commissions new proposal on Schengen visa code updates.
    3)Working with FIPRA to continue access and opportunity to serve the EU as the voice of the entire sector, comprised of the diversity of industry segments, such as hotels,airlines, airports, tour operators, car hire, cruise lines, online travel agents and reservation systems etc.
    4)Updating empirical evidence reports for the impact for improvements in visa systems and policies.
    Provide economic impact reports for the size and scope of the industry globally, regionally (EU) and nationally (184 countries)
    5) Conduct a Global Summit each year to assess and resolve challenges facing the industry. The 2019 WTTC Global Summit was held in Seville, Spain.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    7 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    1 July 2024: We have noted that some meetings are appearing in duplicate, ie. some meetings seem to be listed twice. This seems to be because the Commission changes some element of a meeting data after the meeting has first been listed, which causes LobbyFacts to register it as a new meeting. We are investigating further.

    • Date 04 Sep 2018 Location Brussels
      Subject Meeting with the President & CEO of WTTC Ms Guevara
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Violeta Bulc
      Portfolio Transport
      • Joshua Salsby (Cabinet member)
    • Date 04 Sep 2018 Location Brussels
      Subject technologies and digitalisation of Travel and Tourism
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Digital Economy and Society
      • Eric Peters (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 04 Sep 2018 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject passenger mobility, passenger rights
      DG Mobility and Transport
      • Henrik Hololei (Director-General)
    • Date 28 Sep 2017 Location Brussels
      Subject Europe’s travel & tourism industry
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska
      Portfolio Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
      • Justyna Morek (Cabinet member)
    • Date 11 Apr 2017 Location Brussels
      Subject EU - US visa policies
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos
      Portfolio Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
      • Giorgios Rossides (Cabinet member)
    • Date 08 Feb 2017 Location Brussels
      Subject ocean governance, our ocean conference malta 2017, maritime and coastal tourism
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Karmenu Vella
      Portfolio Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
      • Andras Inotai (Cabinet member)
    • Date 30 Nov 2016 Location Brussels
      Subject Blue Growth, Ocean Governance
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Karmenu Vella
      Portfolio Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
      • Andras Inotai (Cabinet member)
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