The Ibero-American tourism ministers opted this Tuesday for environmental sustainability and for strengthening relations between Spain and this region to relaunch the sector, after the years of the pandemic.
Tourism officials from fourteen Ibero-American countries (both in person and online) met today with Spanish representatives of the sector at the Ibero-American Conference of Tourism Ministers and Entrepreneurs (Cimet), the traditional prelude to Fitur, the international tourism fair that celebrates from tomorrow in Madrid.
“The first responsibility of all of us must be the conservation of the planet, and that must be the case for all sectors,” said the Director of Tourism of the Development Bank of Latin America, Óscar Rueda.
The Undersecretary of Tourism of Chile, Verónica Kunze Neubauer, also agreed with this idea, who highlighted the importance of sustainability for her country, while directly defining it as a “totally sustainable destination.”
The Mexican minister, Miguel Torruco, defined the sector “as a great means of reconciliation for all communities.”
The ministers and senior officials of Tourism who attended the meeting also presented their lines of action to promote “meeting tourism” in their territories.
On the Spanish side, the co-president of CIMET, Eugenio de Quesada, stressed that “the promotion and internationalization of the tourism sector is a collective effort, by all”, and stressed the importance of work between countries for the protection and promotion of Destinations.
From the Spanish Government, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Rosana Morillo, stressed that “not only is the sector reactivating, but we are recovering in a stronger way.”
At the closing of the Conference, the President of the Tourism Council of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) stressed that “Spain is the gateway from Latin America to Europe and the main promoter of the foreign policy of the European Union in the American region.
Cimet’s annual event has been held without interruption for more than a quarter of a century.
Tomorrow, January 18, the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) will begin, which will last until the 22nd, with Guatemala as its main partner, a country that its Minister of Tourism, Anayansy Rodríguez, promotes in Madrid under the motto “amazing and unstoppable”. with the intention of paying homage to the heritage, culture and biodiversity of the Central American country.