Queen Letizia opened on Wednesday the 40th edition of Fitur in an opening that has had a large presence of presidents of autonomous communities and cities.
The tourism fair that houses the Ifema fairground in Madrid and which awaits that record year of visitors has been inaugurated on this occasion alone by Doña Letizia, as the king is traveling in Jerusalem to participate in a forum on memory of the holocaust.
For an hour and a half, the queen has toured several pavilions of the fair, both from several countries and from autonomous communities, amid great expectations of the hundreds of professionals who participate in the first days of the show before it is opened to the public in general during the weekend.
Doña Letizia has been accompanied by the Minister of Industry and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, as well as by the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet; the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso; and the mayor of the capital and president of Ifema, José Luis Martínez Almeida.
But either on arrival or during the tour, the presidents of Andalusia, Asturias, La Rioja, Extremadura, Balearic and Canary Islands, as well as the autonomous city of Ceuta, have also been present.
All of them have been added by the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, who intends to promote the initiative that Spain hosts a world tourism Davos every year and was supported on Tuesday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.
As usual in the inaugurations of Ifema, the Iberia site has been the first that the queen has visited, who has greeted the president of the airline and next CEO of IAG, Luis Gallego.
Renfe’s space has been the second visited by Mrs. Letizia, who later turned to the public body Turespaña before touring several of the autonomous communities starting with Madrid.
There, together with Díaz Ayuso and Martínez Almeida, he has greeted members of the Autonomous Government as his vice president, Ignacio Aguado, and municipal, such as the vice mayor, Begoña Villacís, and with whom he has spoken.
He has also done so in the area enabled by Asturias, where he has talked for several minutes with the president of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, and later in that of Andalusia and in which he has been received by the head of the regional Executive, Juan Manuel Moreno.
Among the international pavilions he has visited those of Morocco (where he has received a decorated dish as a gift), Mexico and South Korea, the country that last special guest of the fair and that Mrs. Letizia visited last October with the king.
Several Korean dancers have performed a typical dance of their country for the queen, who has been photographed with them at the end of her performance.
Throughout her tour, Mrs. Letizia has heard applause from the attendees at the fair and has greeted several groups of people who demanded her attention.
The 40th edition of Fitur will be open until next Sunday and its organizers hope to beat a record of professional visitors to touch the 150,000 and a public figure similar to the previous year, when there were 110,000.
This year there are 918 exhibitors who meet in this sample, 3.8 percent more than in 2019, and there are 11,040 companies from 165 countries and regions that cover an area of 69,697 square meters, 3.3 percent more .