Published on : Saturday, May 18, 2019
Improving air connectivity through a more competitive market was the most discussed point during 64th meeting of UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas held in Guatemala City, Guatemala from May 15-16.
During the 64th meeting, Brazil was elected to represent the WTO Tourism and Competitiveness Committee, alongwith with the Bahamas.
Representing Brazil, the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Daniel Nepomuceno, emphasized that tourism in the country is now at the center of the economic agenda, consolidating itself as an inducer in the generation of employment and income.
The secretary also said that integration of air, sea and inland waterway connectivity, as well as the opening of foreign capital to airlines, are among the priorities of the new ministry’s management.
Nepomuceno said, “Among the goals of the new National Tourism Plan are the generation of 2 million jobs, the inclusion of 40 million Brazilians in the domestic travel market and the promotion of a jump from 6.6 million to 12 million international tourists,” Nepomuceno supplemented.”
Cooperation between countries for the development of tourism was also at the heart of the discussions. According to the Secretary General of the WTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, the objective of the meeting is to improve services, the stay of tourists, and more importantly, generate new jobs.
“The best way to grow quickly and with new jobs is through tourism,” said Pololikashvili.
The meeting was organized by the WTO together with the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) and also included an international seminar on destination management. The debate focused on the management of destinations at national and local levels and the development of smart destinations, through the exchange of ideas and good practices in tourism management. The formulation and implementation of tourism policies by decision-makers and public actors in the Americas region was also another topic addressed.