The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recently appointed Zubin Karkaria, CEO of VFS Global, to the Executive Committee of WTTC in recognition of his own commitment to the industry and the significant growth of VFS Global in the last two decades.
Karkaria, an Indian travel industry expert, said: “It is an honour and a privilege for me to become a member of the Executive Committee of WTTC, the preeminent global travel and tourism body, comprising thought leaders from leading travel, hospitality, and tourism organisations from across geographies.
“I look forward to contributing to the continuing development of the global travel and tourism industry in a sustainable, inclusive, and secure manner further enhancing its contribution to global socio-economic development, and more specifically to the implementation of WTTC’s agenda.”
Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions. It counts itself as a trusted partner of 67 governments and has a global network of more than 3,400 application centres in 145 countries, managing administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport and consular services.
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Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome such an important partner to the Travel & Tourism sector to WTTC’s Executive Committee.
“VFS Global’s growth over the last 20 years is testament to Zubin’s vision and leadership. Hundreds of millions of travellers have been able to move around the world seamlessly thanks to the crucial role VFS Global plays behind the scenes in the sector.”
The World Travel & Tourism Council represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector. Members include 200 CEOs, Chairs and Presidents of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies from all geographies covering all industries.
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The vision of WTTC’s is that governments must recognise travel and tourism’s value, not only to economies, but to the millions of livelihoods that depend on it.
Members of WTTC range from airlines to tour operators and hospitality groups. The Executive Council is comprised of Chairs, Presidents, and Chief Executives from many of the world’s most powerful travel and tourism businesses.