Buenos Aires analyzes the revival of tourism
The head of government Horacio Rodríguez Larreta yesterday received the cameras of the tourism sector to analyze the reopening of the sector after the coronavirus pandemic
They analyzed progress in the protocols that the sector will have to implement once the pandemic has passed, which will be certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The City will resume the international projection of the destination and the promotion of national tourism.
The meeting, held at the Buenos Aires Government House, called José Luis Giusti, Minister of Economic Development and Production; Fernando Straface, Secretary General and International Relations and President of the City Tourism Authority; Camila Suárez, Executive Director of the Tourism Entity; Aldo Elías, President of the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT); Camilo Suárez, president of the Chamber of Tourism of the City of Buenos Aires (CATbaires); Roberto Amengual and Daniel Manzella, President and Vice President of the Association of Tourism Hotels of the Argentine Republic (AHT); Ariel Amoroso and Gabriela Akrabian, President and Vice President of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Confectioneries and Cafes (AHRCC), and Mariano Castex, President of the Buenos Aires Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Firstly, the Head of Government thanked the sector for all the coordinated work being carried out in the framework of the actions to accommodate and assist repatriated persons and minor patients in hotels arranged for this purpose.
"The support of the hotels to our strategy of isolating returnees and patients with mild symptoms has been essential to prevent further spread of the virus. And I am convinced that we will continue to work together so that the sector reactivates once the pandemic passes, "said Rodríguez Larreta.
For his part, Aldo Elías pointed out: “Today we were able to exchange ideas and begin to outline joint actions. We want to work thinking about how to reactivate the tourist activity and for that we need that the public and private sectors have the same objectives ”.
The participants reviewed the progress in the elaboration of the protocols to be applied by the sector once the activity can be resumed, which for some weeks the Buenos Aires government has been working together with the Nation and the private sector.
“With 2.9 million international tourists, the City had achieved a record of international visitors before the pandemic. We will work together with the sector to generate the protocols and certify them by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). This will allow us to position ourselves as a safe destination to restore the confidence of travelers, "said Straface.
The first destinations to receive the seal of the World Travel and Tourism Council are Saudi Arabia, Barcelona, Cancun, Portugal and Seville.
“We have to prepare ourselves in terms of prevention and security to receive tourism. Without a doubt, it is the industry with the most potential for the City and with a joint effort we can recover, ”said Camila Suárez, Executive Director of the Tourism Authority.
In addition, the Buenosairean government confirmed that it will analyze the adaptation of the law of incentives for investments in hotels, to promote the reforms that the security protocols require.
The attendees agreed to deepen a joint agenda of actions focused on the revival of tourism.