Aviation & Travel


The Industry Partnership Programme provides CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies the opportunity to engage with their peers to define and address critical industry issues. Identifying, developing and acting upon these specific industry issues is fundamental to the Forum’s drive to deliver sustainable social development founded upon economic progress.

The Aviation & Travel Community comprises companies that are the leaders throughout the passenger transportation and travel value chain - from manufacturing to hospitality and including carriers (airlines, cruise lines) and services (travel agencies, distribution). The community is committed to the Forum's mission and activities to tackle the global challenges facing the industry such as sustainability, freedom of travel and trade, and new operating models.

To help members address complex strategic issues in a continuous and actionable way as an industry community, a limited number of work streams are defined:

The Connected World project is a cross-industry project that will look at scenarios for how travel, transport and supply chains could be more integrated in 2025. It will also explore new business models that enable and support an integrated approach. The scenarios will illustrate how the above factors will impact infrastructure, technology usage, policies and financing.

Safeguarding Aviation and Travel Value Chains Against Corruption. Through the Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, this project will be an in-depth review of the corruption and compliance challenges facing the aviation and travel industries. 

Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities. In collaboration with the World Bank and Bain & Company, this project addressed the fundamental attributes that govern nations' and companies' ability to benefit from trade and travel: market access, border administration, infrastructure and the business environment. The report found that supply chain barriers are more of an impediment to international trade than tariffs. Reducing supply chain barriers could increase global GDP over six times more than removing all tariffs.

Published since 2007, the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report gives a cross-country analysis of the drivers of competitiveness in travel and tourism, provides useful comparative information for making business decisions and offers additional value to governments wishing to improve their travel and tourism industry.

Sustainable Transportation Ecosystem Addressing sustainability from an integrated systems perspectiveThe Global Aviation Biofuel Initiatives Database is an online catalogue of global initiatives on aviation biofuels, providing a list of test flights, pilot projects, research projects and other initiatives on aviation biofuels and sustainable aviation fuels. This database is based on input from the aviation industry and was developed as part of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Transportation Ecosystem project. Insights from the initiatives was used to build recommendations on how to advance aviation biofuels, outlines in the Sustainable Transportation Ecosystem report.

The Manufacturing for Growth project seeks to build upon the insights from the "Future of Manufacturing" project with a series of dialogues at regional events for manufacturing executives and relevant policy-makers. "Future of Manufacturing" outline and overview of the global manufacturing ecosystem and identified key drivers impacting this ecosystem. "Manufacturing for Growth" will focus on the linkages between advanced manufacturing and economic growth and employment with a series of dialogues that will seek to deliver clear recommendations to business and policy-makers on actions to stimulate manufacturing sector growth.