September 22, 2020

The Queen inaugurates alone the 40th edition of Fitur


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As it’s usual, the Royal House has kicked off the Madrid International Tourism Fair (Fitur). On this occasion, it was Queen Letizia who opened the 40th solo, since His Majesty Philip VI has not been able to attend due to agenda reasons. In her walk through the fairgrounds of Ifema for almost two hours, the Queen has visited almost all the pavilions with total normality and tranquility while raising the expectations of all visitors.

About 12 in the morning of a cold and sometimes rainy morning in the capital of Spain, Doña Letizia has arrived in Fitur. She has done so by entering the North Gate and during her tour she has been accompanied by the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, the President of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, and the president of Iberia and the organizing committee of Fitur, José Luis Gallego.

Your visit has begun by the pavilion of the most important tourist companies. There, the monarch has been able to chat for a few minutes with Meliá’s CEO, Gabriel Escarrer, who has been asked about the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook. It has also been stopped by the Globalia, Iberia and Renfe stand. In the latter, the Queen has been very interested in railway developments that arrive shortly, such as the new AVE routes to improve rail connectivity.

Later, the Queen has visited the Turespaña exhibitor, located in one of the pavilions with different stands of regions of our country. In addition, he has stopped in the space dedicated to the Community of Madrid and that of Asturias, where on the way out a group of young girls have been able to greet the monarch with great enthusiasm. It has not been the only community that has visited, since later it has been able to initiate conversation in the Andalusian pavilion with the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno Bonilla and the mayor of Malaga, Francisco De la Torre.

The public of all nationalities congregated in Fitur followed in the footsteps of the Queen, who sometimes received a small ovation. In addition, many of these people tried to relate it to their cameras, while others from their exhibitors tried to get a greeting.

As for the pavilions with foreign countries, whose presence already accounts for 56% of Fitur’s total quota, Doña Letizia has visited that of Africa and America, where she has spoken with the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico.

Finally, the visit has concluded in the pavilion of the countries of Asia and the Pacific, where the exhibitor of the partner country of this edition of Fitur, South Korea. There, the Queen and the entourage that accompanied her have been able to greet the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Asian country, Park Yang-woo. Before the end of the visit, the Queen has been able to enjoy a characteristic dance from South Korea performed by four dancers.

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