Spain and Mexico today held a bilateral forum for the exchange of good practices aimed at restarting safe travel, in which the top Tourism officials of their respective governments, the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, participated. and representatives of the tourism sector from both countries.
For the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, which opened the day, "at this time, our main management efforts should be directed to the three priorities that will mark the future of tourism: accelerating the vaccination process and pandemic control, the development of certificates for safe travel and guarantee the safe destination ”.
In her speech, the minister explained how in Spain “the vaccination process is picking up speed. According to our Vaccination Plan, at the end of summer, 70% of the population could be immunized ”. Maroto has remarked that at present "transmitting security is essential"; He recalled the twenty sanitary hygiene protocols approved by Spain for the entire tourism sector and that today are international benchmarks and has valued Turespaña's "Travel Safe" communication campaign, with practical information and advice for traveler safety.
This Binational Forum on 'Regulatory and Biosanitary Experiences for Tourism', in which the Mexican Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, has also intervened, has allowed both countries to continue working on the standardization of security protocols for international travel and on the collaboration between countries for the reactivation of tourism at a global level, through dialogue and exchange of experiences.
The day was completed with speeches by the Vice President and CEO of the Iberostar Group, Sabina Fluxà; Iberia's sales director for Spain, Portugal and North Africa, Guillermo González Valina; the president of INVERHOTEL and CEO of Grupo Piñero, Encarna Piñero; the regional vice president for the Americas of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Peter Cerdá and the regional advisor on International Health Regulations of the Health Emergencies Department of the Pan American Health Organization, Roberta Andraghetti.
Both in Spain and Mexico, the tourism sector has a prominent weight in the economies of both countries. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in Spain tourism represented 14.3% of GDP and 14.6% of total employment before the pandemic, and in Mexico 15.5 % of GDP and 13.3% of total employment.
In 2019, Spain was the 3rd destination for Mexicans and 2nd European destination, after France. In addition, in 2018 Spain was the 7th issuing market for Mexico, where large Spanish hotel chains have a presence, with high-class establishments (75% of them are five-star hotels).