The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto has participated today in a ministerial summit organized on the occasion of World Tourism Day by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). In his speech, he defended that at the moment the two priorities of the Government of Spain are to reactivate the tourism sector by guaranteeing travel safety and modernizing the tourism model so that it is more sustainable, digital and inclusive from an economic, environmental and territorial.
During the panel "Tourism for inclusive growth", Maroto reminded the director of the UNWTO Regional Program for Africa, Elcia Grandcourt, and the ministers of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that Spain has already vaccinated 75% of its population and has committed donations to other countries of 30 million vaccines, including 7.5 million vaccines destined for sub-Saharan Africa and the countries in the southern neighborhood of the European Union.
For Maroto, "Spain places inclusion as a priority axis within the Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2030. For us it is essential to distribute the benefits of tourism throughout our territory and turn it into a useful tool for inclusive development."
Regarding the measures for the diversification of the offer of tourist destinations, Reyes Maroto has said that Spain is committed to the diversification of the tourist offer based on two axes: the social and the territorial.
From the social point of view, Spain focuses on measures related to social inclusion, in particular to achieve tourism accessible to all. For example, we collaborate with organizations such as the ONCE Foundation for the cooperation and inclusion of people with disabilities.
From the territorial point of view, the Minister of Tourism recalled that “we work to improve pioneering sun and beach and urban destinations, in addition to promoting rural and inland tourist destinations, through tourism products based on their heritage such as cultural tourism, gastronomy, ecotourism or active tourism ”.