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Uruguay promotes a much more inclusive tourism

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Uruguay promotes a much more inclusive tourism
Source: MINTUR
March 23, 2022

The Ministry of Tourism and the National Institute of Employment and Vocational Training signed four agreements for training in various topics


With the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Tabaré Viera; the Minister of Labor, Pablo Mieres, and the general director of INEFOP, Pablo Darscht, signed agreements to train young people with labor insertion difficulties and workers and entrepreneurs in the tourism sector and the like.

It falls within the framework of institutional training demands (DIC) in its 1st. edition. For this, organizations responsible for public policies were invited to present proposals, complying with the design and management of professional training programs for unemployed people or people with job placement difficulties.

There are four conventions:

  1. Training in Tourism surveys

It is intended for people from the national territory interested in integrating a list of interviewers to perform functions in future projects of the National Tourism Observatory of the Ministry of Tourism.

It is a priority for MINTUR to have participants from the 5 established regions, which are: North, Coast, East, Central-South and Metropolitan.

This strengthens the research sector in tourism surveys to collect data and create quality indicators as inputs for the application of new strategies and the implementation of public policies related to the sector.

  1. Training for tourism institutions, companies and workers - LGBT+

The objective is to provide optimal service to the internal and receptive LGBT+ visitor, promoting LGBT+ job placement, with an emphasis on the trans population and their inclusion in the tourism sector.

The training encourages the reactivation of the tourism sector seriously affected by the SARS-COV19 pandemic, which has forced the sector to stop, services to close, and the consequent loss of the workforce.

The objective is to help tourism institutions, companies and workers provide optimal service to internal and receptive LGBT+ visitors, which could add up to more than 300,000 people a year.

Likewise, tools are given to relegated populations, such as LGBT+ groups, for job placement.

  1. Tourism training with a focus on Afro-descendant culture as an opportunity to generate quality employment in the Northern Region of Uruguay

The pandemic situation has further evidenced the difficulties of access to formal and stable employment for the Afro collective in the north of the country. It is the region with the highest percentage of Afro-descendants and the region with the greatest difficulties in accessing quality jobs.

This training seeks to certify the skills of people with experience in the field of tourism to validate their experience and capacity. In this way, tourism is positioned as an economic activity that generates quality jobs with specific training requirements.

It includes primarily the Afro-descendant population of Rivera, Tacuarembó and Artigas.

  1. Training for women entrepreneurs in rural tourism

This project aims to strengthen and empower a group of rural women to make their work and contributions visible in the tourism field.

The objective is to train them and position them in a better place, providing them with tools that empower them to achieve their economic autonomy and in turn offer attractive and quality services, thus enriching the value chain of the tourism sector in our country.

On the other hand, the gender approach is mainstreamed, promoting equity and equality. With these actions, the possibilities of reaching a broader commercial market, national and international, increase.

In the presentation made at the Ministry of Tourism, the General Director of INEFOP, Pablo Darscht, explained that it is a "four facet" agreement, firstly for pollsters. 100 interviewers will be trained in the five regions that are divided into the activity of the Ministry of Tourism throughout the country, to feed the National Tourist Observatory.

Darscht said that the second agreement aims to promote rural women, entrepreneurs who carry out projects and products in this area. There she goes to work especially on entrepreneurship issues, and they plan to train 400 women, she summarized.

Regarding the third agreement related to Tourism and the LGBT+ population, Darscht said that there will be work both with businessmen "to sophisticate and adjust the tourism proposal to this market segment", as well as in the direct training of the LGBT+ population in matters linked to tourism. This work will be mainly in Colonia, Montevideo and Maldonado, mentioned the head of INEFOP.

Finally, Darscht referred to the project to work with the Afro-descendant population in the North of the country, linked to trades that have to do with the uses and customs of the carnival, in the departments of Rivera, Artigas and Tacuarembó.

In terms of figures, Darscht said that among the four agreements, the aim is to reach 900 people and the investment is close to $2,700,000, he concluded.

For his part, the Minister of Tourism, Tabaré Viera, pointed out the signing of these agreements with INEFOP, which will make it possible to train nearly 1,000 people, essentially young people of African descent, members of the LGBT+ community and rural women, of "unique importance". Touristic area.

The hierarch believes that it is a great opportunity to improve the possibilities of labor insertion first, but also from the tourist point of view, to train entrepreneurs, companies and workers to improve the quality of our tourist offer.

Regarding the agreement to prepare interviewers, Viera said that in the Ministry of Tourism there is a Tourism Observatory "which is one of the great objectives for 2022", and one of the ways to improve the quality of the data collected, to later make decisions. , it is precisely through the surveys, he summarized.

In relation to LGBT+ Tourism, Viera said that "it is an expanding tourism in the world and we want Uruguay to be prepared to receive this subsector with great quality and also give them the opportunity of labor insertion."

Regarding the Afro-descendant community, the hierarch highlighted that it is mainly concentrated in the northern zone of Uruguay (Rivera, Tacuarembó and Artigas), which are the departments that also need more job opportunities.

Finally, Viera referred to the rural sector, which in this pandemic had significant growth in terms of tourism, especially linked to nature tourism and rural tourism. Betting on improving the quality of this sector "is to continue betting on maintaining a tourism that has been innovated, that has grown, that has been decentralized and is an opportunity for rural women to improve the quality of their services," she concluded.

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