Mexico installs work table with representatives of the meetings industry

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Mexico installs work table with representatives of the meetings industry
Tue February 23, 2021

The segment represents an annual spill of 35 billion dollars and the generation of nine hundred thousand jobs

The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, formally installed today a working table in which representatives of Chambers and Associations, state governments, Visitors and Conventions Offices, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health also participate. Tourism, with the aim of developing the Tourism-Health Gradual Reactivation Program for the Meetings Industry.

The head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) affirmed that these meetings between the public and private sectors will be very productive and with great results for this important tourism segment.

During the meeting, the importance of the Meetings Industry was exposed, which represents a spill of 35 billion dollars, equivalent to 1.8 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product, and the generation of around 900,000 jobs.

Secretary Torruco Marqués pointed out that in this process it is essential to go hand in hand with the State Secretariats of Tourism, as well as with the Convention and Visitors Offices of the various tourist destinations, to carry out cross-cutting work between the three levels of government and the private sector.

He added that with the vaccination program already underway, it is certain that the conditions for the reopening will improve and progress will be made in this objective.

On the part of the private initiative, Jaime Salazar Figueroa, president of the Mexican Council of the Meetings Industry (Comir); Francisco Cachafeiro de la Loza, president of Meeting Professional International (MPI) Mexico Chapter; and David Manllo Valdés, executive director of the OVC of Monterrey; as well as Carlos Mackinlay, Secretary of Tourism of Mexico City, who made various proposals.

These initiatives include the installation of continuous work tables on the strategies of protocols for the reactivation of low-density hybrid and face-to-face events, both in open and closed spaces; collaborate in the vaccination campaign with the corresponding government agencies, contributing their knowledge in the operation of stadiums, parking lots, fairgrounds and esplanades; and a collaboration initiative where the Meetings Industry Associations and the Hotel and Motel Associations commit themselves with the authorities of each state to generate a filter of events that are audited before their execution, in order to verify that they have the safe event protocols against Covid-19.

At the request of the secretary Torruco Marqués, the representatives of the Meetings Industry promised to deliver this week to Sectur a list of concrete proposals, which will be sent to the Ministry of Health to have their technical point of view and thus prepare a draft of the Gradual Reopening Program that, finally, obtains the approval of the corresponding authorities.

Also participating in the meeting were Humberto Hernández-Haddad, Sectur's Undersecretary of Quality and Regulation; José Manuel López Campos, president of the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco Servytur); Juan José Fernández Carrillo, president of the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM); Celia Navarrete, president of the Mexican Association of Professionals in Exhibitions, Fairs and Conventions (Amprofec); Jorge Hernández, president of the Mexican Federation of Tourist Associations (Fematur); Jair López Montes, president of the Association of International Congresses and Conventions (ICCA) Mexico Chapter; Fernando Compeán Sotomayor, director of Meeting Place México (MPM); Ricardo Quezada Puente, CEO of Grupo Expo; Juan Gabriel Tamez, director of Expo Guadalajara; Armando Cáceres Espinoza, president-elect of the Mexican Association of Destination Management Companies (AMDEMAC), representing its president Elda Laura Cerda; and Luis Felipe Sigüenza, from the Oaxaca Gastronomic and Culture Cluster.

In total, 71 representatives of private groups of the country's tourism industry, state secretaries of Tourism, Convention and Visitors' Offices, tourism promotion agencies, exhibition centers, and Sectur officials were present at the facility. 


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