Madrid, Jul 26 (EFE) .- The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, has considered this Monday that the inclusion of the Paseo del Prado and the Buen Retiro in the Unesco World Heritage List will put the capital “in a privileged situation ”to attract a greater number of tourists, especially after the coronavirus pandemic has left this sector“ in need of revitalization ”.
This is how the mayor stated this morning in an interview in Onda Cero, after yesterday the capital managed to enter the UNESCO World Heritage list with the Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, known as the ‘Landscape of Light ‘.
Almeida said that yesterday was an “exciting” day in which Madrid showed that it is “capable of carrying out large projects, based on cooperation and institutional loyalty.”
The councilor has insisted that this title will bring “great advantages to Madrid”, especially with regard to the arrival of a greater number of tourists, coinciding with the recent “considerable” increase in hotel rooms in the capital.
The first mayor has recognized that one of the “deficits” of the city is that it does not have a “consolidated brand in the world”, and has valued that this Unesco seal gives it, since it becomes part of a club “Very exclusive”.
He also celebrated the fact that, finally, the area of El Retiro has been included in this recognition, because “the people of Madrid cannot understand the Paseo del Prado without the continuity of the park”, although this issue was initially presented as “the great obstacle ”In the application process.
Almeida has announced that tomorrow they plan to hold an institutional act in the Consistory to celebrate this seal, with representation from all administrations, including the central government, although yesterday afternoon there was an artificial fire castle to celebrate it.