The fifteenth edition of CIMET Ifema gathers more than 200 professionals and tourism entrepreneurs
Madrid, May 2012
Held on the eve of Fitur, CIMET 2012 has once again become the link between business and Spanish and ministers responsible for tourism in Latin America. More than 200 professionals who attended the event have witnessed a debate between industry leaders and ministers.
The American Conference of Ministers of Tourism and Business, CIMET 2012, yesterday held its fifteenth year, counting one more year with the honorary presidency of His Majesty King Juan Carlos. The event, attended by over 200 professionals, at the opening ceremony was attended by Secretary of State for Tourism, Elizabeth Borrego, and the president of the CEOE, Joan Rosell, among other representatives of the Spanish business.
During the event, Borrego has highlighted the suitability of this Conference “to exchange views on tourism policy.” “CIMET us together one more year to talk about tourism, a sector that has best weathered the crisis and has already begun to grow,” he added. Rosell also wanted to move the audience a certain optimism, stressing that “tourist level 2011 has been a good year, with nearly 1,000 million tourists around the world.” Therefore, and although it is expected that 2012 “will not be so good,” President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) believes that “tourism should help end the crisis.”
After the opening, which also helped the president of the Governing Board of Ifema, Jose Maria Alvarez del Manzano, the president of Globalia, Juan Jose Hidalgo, the CEO of Madrid Visitors and Convention Bureau, Pablo Bautista, and the president of the Madrid Business Confederation (CISM), Arturo Fernandez, open discussion took place between ministers and businessmen of Tourism. This new format has allowed business leaders Associations formulate the public and personal inquiries to participating ministers, who have had five minutes to summarize their plans in Tourism.
Gallego, invested Prócer Tourism
Following the debate, focusing on destination marketing in Latin American Spanish outbound market and plans and incentives for Spanish investment, we have proceeded to the chair of CEAVyT, Rafael Gallego, as Prócer Spanish Tourism in Latin America. Thus, it has received the Gold and Diamond Insignia as a representative of the many small and medium-sized travel agencies and tour operators from Spain with activity and presence in Latin American markets.
Visibly moved by recalling the support of his family, Gallego said that the award “demonstrates the Group’s commitment NEXO with travel agencies, and recognizing the work of small and medium enterprises.” CEAVyT President has taken the time to praise the work of travel agents, stressing that “it is useless if no hotels have players to fill” at the same time recalled the greater use of the ‘package’ of tourism, which in destinations like Canary and Balearic majority.
The closing ceremony was performed by the President of the Tourism Council of CEOE, Joan Gaspart, and Ifema CEO, Luis Eduardo Cortes. After thanking his invitation to the Organizing Committee co-chairs CIMET, Gaspart has asked the industry to “make an effort and look ahead with hope and illusion,” stressing that “much talk of crisis and problems do not add up” . Meanwhile, Cortes congratulated the organizers “for making a day of work on the world of tourism.”