The XXIII Meeting of Mercosur Tourism Ministers was held in Iguazú

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The XXIII Meeting of Mercosur Tourism Ministers was held in Iguazú
Mon April 29, 2019

The main reason for the meeting, which takes place year after year, is to work in the promotion of the tourist wealth of the continent and its preservation


On Friday, April 26, the Gran Meliá Iguazú hosted the XXIII Meeting of Mercosur Tourism Ministers. With the Falls as a backdrop, the Ministers shared a morning of meetings that culminated at 13 with a lunch in the Resort's exclusive restaurant, inaugurated at the end of 2018. Once the meeting was over, a visit to the Iguazú National Park was made , where the traditional family photo was taken.

The top tourism representatives from the governments of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Brazil met in Puerto Iguazú and reaffirmed their commitment to move forward together so that the sector grows throughout the region. Aerial and fluvial connectivity; joint promotion in distant markets; Path of the Jesuits in South America and the implementation of public policies that help the integration of MERCOSUR, were some of the topics debated at the Gran Meliá Iguazú hotel.

The Declaration of Iguazú, published at the end of the XXII Meeting of MERCOSUR Tourism Ministers, reflected the will to advance in the planning of a network of air and fluvial connectivity, which promotes the development of tourist destinations, promotes investment and new bonding opportunities.

The document signed by the Ministers and Secretaries of Tourism points out the need to consolidate a strategy of joint tourism promotion in distant markets, which allows to execute the planned actions and promotes the design of others, including those related to the countries of the Pacific Alliance, particularly in regard to exchange and cooperation in relation to rural community tourism.

The Declaration also underscores the willingness to work in coordination with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to advance the formation of the "Jesuit Way in South America", through the establishment of mechanisms for institutionalization and governance, as well as brand actions, promotion and marketing.

Other points refer to the need to formulate coordinated policies in the border posts that facilitate the entry and exit of tourists to the region and the increase of tourist flow between countries.

Likewise, they offered their support to the joint candidacy of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay as host of the 2030 World Cup, considering the high impact that event size will bring for tourism to our countries and the consequent spill in the economy of the region. .

Finally, MERCOSUR officials expressed their support for the campaign carried out by the Regional Action Group of the Americas (GARA), "Your voice can change everything", which seeks to deepen the prevention of the exploitation of children and adolescents in travel and tourism, strengthening awareness actions and promoting the participation of the technical representatives of each State in the XII Meeting GARA (Paraguay, from 13 to 15 November) and the dissemination of this call.

The Declaration was signed by the Secretary of Tourism of Argentina, Gustavo Santos; the Minister of State for Tourism of Brazil, Marcelo Álvaro Antonio; the Minister of Tourism of Paraguay, Sofía Montiel de Afara; the Minister of Tourism of Uruguay, Liliam Kechichian; the vice minister of Tourism of Bolivia, Marcelo Arzegarcía, and the national director of the Tourism Service of Chile, Andrea Wolleter.

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