The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, participated yesterday in a meeting convened by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the aim of “adopting actions for the recovery of the sector” after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today we have had an enriching meeting”, the Minister declared through her Twitter account, after participating by videoconference in the meeting of the sixth UNWTO World Tourism Crisis Committee.
“We have agreed that, in order to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector, we need to strengthen security and establish common criteria that allow for safe travel”, she continued. During his speech, as reported by the UNWTO and the Ministry, Maroto warned that “the priorities for relaunching global tourism” are the recovery of international passenger mobility “by strengthening security” and “accelerate the recovery of tourism so that it can be more sustainable and more digital”.
“We have met in the sixth World Tourism Crisis Committee with a clear objective: to take actions for the recovery of tourism”, said the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, with whom Maroto himself later met by video conference. “More than ever, tourism needs strong and coordinated actions to save millions of jobs and businesses that are now facing an unprecedented risk”, he added.
During the same meeting, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, warned that all restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic “must be coordinated, proportionate and non-discriminatory”. “We need a more predictable and transparent approach”, he added. Tomorrow, Maroto will open the tenth edition of the Shopping & Quality Tourism Summit Spain, which will address the need to “reset” the Spanish tourism model after the coronavirus crisis.
In addition, Ifema and the Organising Committee of Fitur (International Tourism Trade Fair) announced yesterday their decision to postpone the next edition of the event until 19-23 May due to the pandemic. Fitur, the second most important tourism fair in the world and which brings together professionals from 165 countries, has been held in the first months of the year for more than 40 years. The postponement, according to Efe, has been decided “after a meditated decision” by the organizers because they consider it essential for the recovery of the tourism business.