FITUR postpones its 2021 edition
The traditional Madrid event will be held from May 19 to 23 at the IFEMA venue
The next edition of the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2021 will be held from May 19 to 23 of next year, as agreed by IFEMA and the FITUR Organizing Committee, after a thoughtful decision that, exceptionally, places this call as essential for the recovery of the tourism business, on dates that will allow it to preserve its high international impact and thereby favor the professional reunion of companies, countries and destinations and the much-needed boost of world tourism activity.
At the meeting of the Organizing Committee of FITUR, headed by the President of IBERIA, Javier Sánchez Prieto, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés; the Secretary General of the OMT, Zurab Pololikashvili; the President of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation, CEHAT, Jorge Marichal; the President of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies, CEAV, Carlos Garrido, and the President of the Tourism Board, Juan Molas, among others.
For its part, IFEMA is focusing all its efforts on presenting an edition designed to contribute to the recovery of tourism at a time when the dynamic role of FITUR is critical and decisive. For this, it is particularly important to focus on optimizing its convening capacity, in addition to enriching its specialized content and new business niches, as well as promoting knowledge spaces that contribute to relaunching national and international tourism activity, as one of the great engines of economic growth in the world and especially in Spain, where the tourism sector is the most important, both in terms of GDP and employment.
FITUR has the unanimous support of the Spanish tourism industry and is currently the second most important fair in the world and the first in its impact on the Ibero-American sphere. Each edition brings together more than 11,000 companies from 165 countries, as well as official representations from a large part of the world's nations.
It is also the largest event in Spain around the tourism business, with more than 250,000 attendees from around the world, as well as in terms of innovation and promotion of new tourism segments, technological leadership in tourism management, and a knowledge transfer tool.
Its high representation is also recognized through the support of the World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, based in Madrid; A link that also materializes within the scope of the UNWTO Affiliate Members' Board of Directors that currently chairs IFEMA / FITUR.
Its annual call represents an economic impact of 330 million euros, with the consequent direct impact on the recovery of tourism activity and revitalization of the sectors linked to tourism in Madrid.