6th WTFL Think Tank in Costa Navarino, Greece

2 - 3 March 2018

For several years, the WTFL Think Tank has proudly brought together an exclusive group of influential leaders from inside and outside the industry to meet for a forward-looking discussion on key challenges and opportunities in the global travel, tourism and hospitality.

WTFL Think Tank offers you to:

  • Join an exclusive gathering of the tourism industry's most influential CEOs, Ministers, Investors, Professors and Start-Ups

  • Bridge the silos and learn from the best

  • Discuss the future challenges of the tourism, travel and hospitality industry in a face to face environment

  • Shape a common vision for the future of tourism


The key focus of the WTFL Think Tank 2018 was Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Growth. Over the next 20 years, we expect the near doubling of international tourist arrivals and even more impressive growth in domestic tourism. To sustain this growth in a way that is consistent with our goals of environmental sustainability and social inclusion, massive new infrastructure investment will be required from inside and outside our sector. This includes both physical infrastructure (e.g. airlift, road and rail transport, ports, streamlined borders, accommodation, tourist attractions, ICT and public services) as well as soft infrastructure (e.g. human resources in hospitality, tourism marketing and management, disruptive technology, and the aviation sector). To create this new infrastructure will require significant funding, the deployment of innovative technologies and capacity-building support.

The importance of PPPs and institutional investors to close the infrastructure gap is taking even greater prominence in raising new capital where the public purse is stretched. Innovative new models, where the public and private sectors as well as communities are joining forces, are emerging across the world. The WTFL Think Tank will explore these issues from the perspective of policy makers, investors, private operators, academia and other stakeholders.  


WTFL Think Tank stands for sharing ideas with experienced people from different sectors in order to positively shape the future of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry. 

I am sure you would agree that is was a fantastic WTFL Think Tank 2018! Once again thank you for being part of the WTFL family and supporting our mission.

Martin Barth 

President & CEO