Spain supports the candidacy of the Canary Islands to host the headquarters of the European Tourism Agency

Archive image of Ángel Víctor Torres. / c7

The defense has been endorsed within the framework of the RUP Conference in Martinique by the General Secretary for the EU of the Government of Spain, María Lledó

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, during the meetings held within the framework of the Conference of Outermost Regions held in Martinique, communicated
official support by the Government of Spain, on the proposal to host the future European Tourism Agency in the Canary Islands.

Torres has reported that the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has contacted him, in the last hours, to inform him of the sending of the communication to the General Director of Overseas France, Sophie Brocas, in which the Government of Spain officially endorses
the Canary Islands proposal. Brocas is ultimately responsible for preparing the Council's conclusions on the ultraperiphery next June as head of the French Presidency.

Support for the Canarian candidacy has been endorsed within the framework of the
Outermost Regions Conference (RUP) in Martinique, and in person, by the General Secretary for the EU of the Government of Spain, María Lledó, who intervened in the working session between the presidents of the RUP and the representatives of the three States (Spain, France and Portugal).

The candidacy of the Canary Islands to be the headquarters of the European Tourism Agency
was proposed in 2021 and in the summer of that year there was a commitment from the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, who conveyed his support to the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, at a meeting held in Lanzarote.

Subsequently, in the month of August, the candidacy was approved by the Governing Council of the Canary Islands and in November the nine outermost regions declared unanimously in favor of the candidacy of the Canary Islands in the Declaration of the XXVI Conference of Presidents of the RUP
held in Azores. "A fourth and very important step has been taken that confirms the commitment made by Pedro Sánchez last year and that drives our candidacy."

Torres considers that the Canarian proposal is more than founded "by our infrastructures,
our potential for the development of sustainable tourism and for being the European destination with the most overnight stays in the European Union", he pointed out.

In addition, added the president, "there are no headquarters of any European agency in the outermost regions and this
it is an ideal occasion for that step to be taken”.

The head of the Canarian Executive highlighted the
15 million tourists received on average by the Canary Islands per year, and that the average stay is also longer than in any other tourist destination (between 7 and 8 days), "one more weighty argument". In the same way, he valued the strength of the Canary Islands as a first-rate tourist destination "which is recovering in record time, already achieving tourist records that existed before the pandemic."

Torres insisted that the Canary Islands are more than ready to host the headquarters of the European Tourism Agency and to
host events of international relevance such as the one that will take place in the Islands in December this year, with the celebration of the Ministerial Conference on the Digital Economy of the OECD, which brings together the heads of the matter from the 38 countries that make up the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development.

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