Will La Palma host G20 tourism summit next year?
The Minister of Tourism for Spain, Reyes Maroto, has put forward the island of La Palma to the G20 (the governments of 19 countries and the EU), as the venue for a high-level international conference to address the “ambitious goal” of reopening countries as safe travel destinations after Covid-19, within the framework of public-private collaboration.
The Spanish minister launched the proposal yesterday at the meeting of tourism ministers of the group's countries, of which Spain is a permanent guest, carried out virtually and under the presidency of Saudi Arabia.
At the meeting, which has brought the work of the commissions to an end for this year, Maroto offered the attending countries the opportunity to hold this conference next November in La Palma, to give continuity to the 100 Million Jobs Recovery Plan proposal, developed during the work of the G20.
The purpose of the event is to establish a debate platform in which the most representative associations in the world of the tourism sector, and those responsible for tourism from countries of all geographical areas can join, under the leadership of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) .
In her intervention, Maroto defended that at this time, it is already possible to adopt more selective measures adapted to the sanitary conditions of the regions or islands, instead of being applied to all territories at a country level, and for more focused actions, using for example, diagnostic tests such as PCR tests. Likewise, she highlighted the need to coordinate, at an international level, measures to guarantee that trips and destinations are safe.
She said, "it is urgent to recover international demand and, from public-private collaboration, work within a global framework of coordinated and predictable measures to give confidence to travellers."
The Minister of Tourism has also advocated for continuing to strengthen measures to reduce the global incidence of Covid-19 and, at the same time, advance the recovery of tourism.