The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said today that "collaboration in tourism and increased flows is essential to strengthen the cultural, idiomatic and friendship ties" that unite Spain and Latin America.
Reyes Maroto has chaired a meeting with Latin American Tourism Ministers at the Royal Palace of Madrid, which was also attended by the Secretary of State for Tourism of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Isabel Oliver; the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia; the director of the AECID, Aina Calvo; the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikasvili, and the President of National Heritage, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán.
Reyes Maroto has pointed out that tourism is a sector that “creates wealth, favors equality, helps fight depopulation, that allows us to be more and better connected internationally, and that has proven to be an effective way to share and publicize our culture and values in the world ”.
He also noted that the Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Economy and Tourism of Guatemala in 2018 was very important to articulate public policies for the development and management of sustainable tourism: “Ibero-America has always been a priority for Spain: we have to walk together in our tourism strategy to promote a model of sustainable tourism economically, socially and environmentally ”.
At the meeting, the Latin American tourism managers exchanged opinions on the joint work that will be carried out this year at the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Andorra, under the slogan ‘Innovation for sustainable development-Objective 2030’.