Routes Americas 2017, the region's premier network development conference and exhibition, is now officially underway. We present the highlights from day one.
The opening day of Routes Americas and discussions at the Strategy Summit were always going to be dominated by recent events in the United States of America, but David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) hit hard with suggestions that the country is in danger of taking the same path it took after the 9/11 terror attacks, which led to a decade of economic stagnation in the travel and tourism sector. He warned that policies which could have a huge impact on the sector, which generates over eight per cent of the country’s GDP and supports nearly ten per cent of total employment in the US.
Aeromar Airlines' chief executive officer, Andres Fabre, said the regional Mexican carrier was unconcerned by plans to construct a wall between Mexico and the USA and President Trump's anti-Mexico comments. "It is not a problem for us, we'll just fly over the wall," he quipped.