G20: Secretary of Tourism of Mexico affirmed that Covid-19 has forced governments to change priorities
Miguel Torruco stated: "We have learned to value the domestic traveler, however we must recognize that we live in a global world and that only by working together will we be able to make our borders open again"
The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, took part in a virtual way in the Meeting of Ministers of Tourism of the G20, where he explained that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced governments to change their priorities and adapt quickly to a new reality.
“We have all learned to value the domestic traveler and the drive for local recovery, being what has kept us going during all these months of restrictions. However, we must recognize that we live in a global world and that only by working together will we be able to make our borders open to international visitors again, ”he said.
Therefore, he called on them to consolidate tourist activities as the engine of regional and local development, contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of the natural and cultural heritage of their countries.
After congratulating on behalf of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Minister of Tourism of Italy, Massimo Garavaglia, for his commitment to reactivating the sector in the face of the global crisis and his recommendations for the next meeting of leaders, he added that, in the case of tourism, the pandemic only highlighted what was already known by all: that borders are increasingly flexible in a deeply interconnected world, and that travel and this industry represent an important engine for the world economy.
Secretary Torruco Marqués specified that the public policy strategies and priorities of the Tourism authorities to deal with the pandemic have been transformed to meet the needs of the moment.
“The priorities and conversations have moved from the need to achieve a homogenization of biosanitary protocols at the regional and global level, to the reactivation of travel through the recovery of international connectivity and the facilitation of the mobility of citizens between countries. The foregoing through the implementation of emerging measures such as vaccination certificates, among others ”, he stated.
He explained to the other members of the G20 that Mexico currently chairs the Inter-American Tourism Commission (Citur), a body of the Organization of American States (OAS), which has been key to the exchange of ideas among the countries of the Americas in the most pressing issues for their respective tourism sectors.
He explained that since August 2020 they have held three extraordinary meetings, forming four working groups aimed at responding to the main concerns of the region, based on their urgency and importance, in which they highlight the need to create a standard in the protocols biosanitary at the hemispheric level for travel and tourism; accelerate the recovery of the commercial airline and cruise industries in the post-pandemic period; and design a Tourism 2050 agenda for the American continent.
He pointed out that each of these working groups is made up of both representatives of the public sector and the private sector, with the intention of reaching concrete agreements in the face of the rapid evolution of the pandemic and its effects.
“We are working to reach an inter-American consensus on the homogenization of biosanitary protocols and collaborate with the private sector in the development of a technological tool that facilitates the reactivation of travel and tourism between countries in a safe way, while accelerating the development of a trip without interruptions, "he said.
Finally, Secretary Torruco Marqués assured that Mexico is convinced of the capacity to reactivate the tourism sector, which will undoubtedly contribute to the recovery of economies and the well-being of world societies.