The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Matias Lammens, participated in the 66th UNWTO Commission for the Americas, which was co-chaired by its Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili, and by the President of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett. During the virtual meeting, Argentina obtained the first place in the vote among 24 countries to represent the Americas region in the UNWTO Executive Council.
The Executive Council is the body responsible for adopting the necessary measures for the functioning of the UNWTO. It meets twice a year and is made up of ministers of the 6 regional commissions (Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and South Asia) into which the 158 Member States of the UNWTO are divided.
In this way, Argentina will be part of the space where plans will be debated and decided on the recovery and reactivation of tourism worldwide.
“It is an honor for our country to represent the region on the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization. It involves us directly in the decision-making about policies for tourism recovery and that is a challenge that we take on with great enthusiasm “, expressed Lammens during the meeting, and continued:” If there is something we have understood since the beginning of this pandemic, it is that the exit has to be collective, sharing experiences between nations, projecting plans attend to the short, medium and long term, in order to position tourism as one of the engines of economic development in the region.
On the importance of continuing to promote joint work between the public and private sectors, Lammens emphasized: “That was the path to sustain the sector and we are convinced that it will be the formula to continue on the path of reconstruction in the next stage.” .
The choice is a recognition of the policies carried out by the national government to sustain the tourism sector during the pandemic, among which the following stood out: the Pre-Trip Plan, which reached 600 thousand people and mobilized 15 billion dollars; the summer season, in which 15 million Argentines traveled without altering the contagion curve, which earned the country a prize during the Fitur Fair in Madrid; and the support plan for tourism companies, workers and workers, which involved an investment of more than 75 billion dollars in subsidies, credits, and salary payments.
Meanwhile, Pololikashvili stressed: “The restart of tourism is already a reality in the Americas. United we lead by example in the Regional Commission for the Americas of the World Tourism Organization. We coordinate and restart tourism for growth, opportunities and prosperity.
The next General Assembly of the UNWTO, to be held this year in Morocco, will confirm that Argentina is a member of the Executive Council representing the Americas for four years and, in this way, will lead the regional needs for the recovery of the tourism sector in the face of the post-pandemic.