Maroto defends the security of the Canary Islands for international tourism
The Minister of Tourism for Spain, Reyes Maroto, arrived at La Palma Airport this afternoon (Sunday) for the international G20 conference on tourism that starts tomorrow, whose objective is to reactivate international tourism and show the rest of the world that Spain and the Canary Islands are safe destinations.
During her time at the airport she met up with the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili; the Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla; the president of the Island Council, Mariano H. Zapata, and the senior vice president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Maribel Rodríguez.
The minister reminded that this is the fourth time she has visited the Canary Islands since the pandemic began, which is a "further sign" of the support of the Government of Spain for the islands to minimize the impact of a crisis that has hit the archipelago 'hard', hence the celebration of this international summit to also support the Canarian tourism sector.
Maroto highlighted the importance of this meeting because, for the first time, the high representatives of world tourism, both public and private, are committed to working for the reactivation of international tourism and the restart of international travel.
She also stressed that this conference is taking place in the Canary Islands because "it has demonstrated with facts that it is possible to travel safely" despite the pandemic.
Maroto added that representatives from more than 80 countries and more than 70 CEOs of international companies will participate in the summit, which will be inaugurated by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and will also allow the attributes of La Palma to be transferred to the rest of the world, such as the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, the island's sky or its Biosphere Reserve.
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In this sense, she said that tomorrow, Monday, an agreement will be signed between the Government of Spain, the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo de La Palma, that will allow the mobilization of 2.5 million euros to conserve this natural heritage and allow the island to continue improving in the coming years as a tourist destination.
Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary General, stated that his second visit to the Canary Islands aims to send a message to the whole world that the islands are prepared to continue receiving more international tourists, and highlighted the opportunity that tomorrow's summit represents to help the archipelago in the remainder of the winter tourist season.
The Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, thanked for the choice of La Palma for the conference, as it once again puts the Canary Islands destination in the forefront thanks to an appointment where it will be represented by more than 20% of the world's GDP among all the public and private agents that represent the tourism sector. With this, this economic and political forum, has an "enormous relevance" to give impulse to the tourist industry of the Canary Islands.
Finally, the senior vice president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Maribel Rodríguez, recognized the leadership that the Government of Spain has had in holding the International Conference in the Canary Islands, and hoped that it will represent a "small opportunity" to be able to take advantage of the winter, and that all global companies understand that it is feasible to travel safely.