Ministers of tourism from Central America met in Panama
The Panamanian Minister of Tourism, Iván Eskildsen, in his first speech as President Pro Tempore of the CCT, stressed that during his presidency the intersectoral work that the region has been promoting will continue
Panama hosted the CXXIII Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Tourism Council (CCT), in which the tourism ministers of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and representatives of the governments of Belize and the Dominican Republic participated.
Since January 1, 2022, Panama as a member of the CCT assumed the Pro Tempore Presidency of said regional organization, whose functions are focused on presenting initiatives and promoting agreements for the benefit of the region.
The Panamanian Minister of Tourism, Iván Eskildsen, in his first speech as President Pro Tempore of the CCT, stressed that during his presidency the intersectoral work that the region has been promoting will continue, which is committed to sustainable tourism, innovation, inclusion , of empowerment of the communities and the valuation of the legacies that are preserved in them.
He added that during the work session, joint projects for the development of the region were discussed, in order to direct and enhance the synergies that exist as a region.
As part of the programming, the ministers and chambers of tourism, representing private companies, participated in the LXVII Ordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA, for its acronym in English).
At the end of this meeting, Eskildsen indicated that strategies were explored that seek to promote joint promotion, especially in distant destinations, where a traveler who plans a trip to a certain country can visit several at the same time "and thus take advantage of the synergies and tourist resource that the entire region has".
The National Chamber of Tourism of Panama, in this meeting, supported the nomination of Panama as the headquarters of the Central America Travel Market, with the support of the ATP. This event would represent more than 2,000 business meetings and the opportunity to invite wholesalers with a multi-destination approach to the Central American region.
The tourism ministers of the Central American Integration System (SITCA) participated in this working session: Yadira Gómez (Honduras); Shantanny Anasha Campbell, (Nicaragua); Gustavo Alvarado, (Costa Rica); Iván Eskilden (Panama), while Anayansy Rodríguez, (Guatemala) does it virtually; and Morena Valdés, (El Salvador).
Also present are the Vice Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, Carlos André Peguero; the technical head of the Ministry of Tourism of Belize, Abil Castañeda Duran, and the tourism chambers of the participating countries, on behalf of the private company.