H.E. MARCELO ÁLVARO ANTÔNIO

Minister of Tourism MINISTRY OF TOURISM, BRAZIL
Marcelo Henrique Teixeira Dias, commonly known as Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, was appointed as Minister of Tourism of Brazil in 2019. He has made immediate impact by implementing visa-free travel to Brazil for major countries, total opening of airlines to foreign capital, and successful attraction of foreign tourism investment. A businessman who studied Civil Engineering at Centro Universitario de Belo Horizonte, Mr. Marcelo entered politics in 2012, initially elected as congressman of Belo Horizonte. In 2015, he joined the Joint Parliamentary Front in Defense of Tourism (FRENTUR), an alliance of congressmen and senators. He became Chair of directorate in Minas Gerais for Liberal Social Party (PSL) in the same year and was elected as senator of Minas Gerais for two terms. Mr. Marcelo was awarded Medal of Legislative Merit by the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais in 2012, Medal of Inconfidence by the State Government of Minas Gerais in 2015, and Great Necklace of Legislative Merit of the City Council of Belo Horizonte in 2018.
Speaker’s sessions
Mon, Oct 14, 03:45PM - 05:15PM

PANEL SESSION I: FACE TO FACE – MINISTERS AND PRIVATE SECTOR CEOS: HOW TOURISM, LEISURE AND SPORTS LEAD TO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE (in cooperation with UNWTO)

SI: Cantonese, English, Putonghua, Portuguese, Spanish

Global tourism drives international cooperation as well as innovation and development in complementary sectors; as a result, it also acts as a transformative force, creating positive ripple effects that empower communities and improve livelihoods. In essence, tourism is a key element in the realization of a beautiful life for people – enhancing a quality of life that encompasses comfort, security, and happiness.

At this high-level session, leaders from the private and public sectors will discuss how tourism and leisure lead to a beautiful life, enhancing the lives of both the traveller and the local host community. What are the policies, strategies, and products that are optimizing tourism’s transformative force? How has the development and growth of diverse tourism markets, such as adventure, eco-tourism, sports, and wellness, affected the industry both regionally and globally? How are destinations and companies offering experiences that contribute to a beautiful life? What impact will technology and innovation have? How does culture play a role? And as more people cross international borders every day, how can tourism and leisure continue to fulfil their potential?

Mon, Oct 14, 02:30PM - 03:45PM

OPENING CEREMONY (GUEST TO BE SEATED BY 14:15 PM)

SI:Cantonese、English、Putonghua、Portuguese、Spanish