FITUR begins tomorrow its most international edition of the history
The fair that takes place in Madrid until January 27 will generate an economic impact of about 325 million euros. Dominican Republic will be the partner country
From tomorrow until January 27, Madrid will once again become the focus of attention of the international tourism community on the occasion of the FITUR, International Tourism Fair, organized by IFEMA, and this year is more powerful than ever, both in participation, as in internationalization, and in new contents, also aligned with the record figures recorded by this industry, in the national and global levels.
An edition in which sustainability, specialization and technological progress, premises that also mark the transformation of the sector, are presented as the guiding thread of a highly qualified offer aimed at improving tourism management, professional contact, promotion of the destinations and the experiences of the traveler. All this, in a single platform and on some key dates, at the beginning of the year, to define the strategies to be developed throughout 2019.
The International Tourism Fair is also held in a context of growing global development for the sector. According to UNWTO figures, the destinations of the world received 1,000 million international tourists between January and September of last year, which means a growth of 5% compared to the same period of the previous year. Spain, meanwhile, recorded 78.4 million international tourists in the first eleven months of 2018, and an increase of 2.8% in spending, with revenues of 84,811 million euros, compared to the previous year. Likewise, the progressive growth of outbound tourism in our country is noteworthy, as shown by the increase in Spanish spending abroad of 12.3% in the period between January and October 2018.
In the presentation of FITUR 2019, Clemente González Soler, executive president of IFEMA, highlighted the celebration of FITUR as "one of the great references of the tourism industry" and a great opportunity for "such an important sector in the world economy" . In addition, he stressed that the current will be "a record edition, with more companies than ever, the most international and with the largest exhibition area." Thus, FITUR is consolidated as "one of the 3 most important fairs in the world and leader in the Ibero-American market.", And the sector "will find at the fair the necessary tools to adapt to the new environment".
For his part, Luis Gallego, president of the Organizing Committee of FITUR and president of Iberia, said that "the year starts with the great meeting of the world tourism industry, FITUR, in which companies and destinations around the world will put I show the strength of tourism at the global level ". And it has indicated that "the development of tourism goes through the quality, diversification and capture of new markets, in addition to the profitability" and that "in FITUR will find tools to reorient towards those objectives".
Olivo Rodríguez Huertas, ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain, has assured that "for the Dominican Republic it is a great honor to be a member of FITUR in this edition" and he recalled that the country "has very close and indissoluble links with Spain". "From the hand of Spanish businessmen we have been able to develop a leading tourism standard in Latin America" and "close to 70% of the tourism infrastructure of our country has been developed due to this link with Spain".
Isabel Oliver, Secretary of State for Tourism, stressed the importance of FITUR and said that "it has become a brand and a showcase for Madrid and Spain in Europe and the world for its importance". In addition, it has put in value the importance of the work of the organization of the fair, which is an example of the "enormous and magnificent capacity of our country to organize such important events". Oliver said that in 2018 82.6 million international tourists arrived in Spain, 0.9% more than in 2017 "and" they were close to 90,000 million euros in tourist spending, 3% more than the previous year ".
During the presentation of FITUR, Maria Valcarce was also announced as the next director of FITUR, who will take over from Ana Larrañaga.
The figures of FITUR 2019
The favorable situation shown by these figures will be best reflected in FITUR 2019, which this year brings together the participation of 886 regular exhibitors, representing an increase of 8.3, and 10,487 companies from 165 countries and regions.
The national presence grows 6%, and the international chapter, which already represents 55% of the participation share in FITUR, does so by 11%. In addition, FITUR 2019 has more than a dozen new additions, such as the official representations of Djibouti, Finland, the Emirate Ras al Khaimah, and Sierra Leone, as well as exhibitors from the Cook Islands, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Serbia and Sweden. Considering the participation by regions, the highest growth corresponds this year to Africa (15%) and Europe (13%).