FITUR 2022 opens its doors to global travel industry

Published on : Thursday, January 20, 2022

King Felipe and Queen Letizia preside over the opening ceremony of FITUR 2022. From yesterday, Wednesday until Sunday, 23rd January, FITUR 2022 is the 42nd edition at IFEMA MADRID.

Their majesties’ attendance is an honour that once again demonstrates the Royal Family’s continued support for the International Tourism Fair throughout its history. Their presence is especially relevant at this year’s FITUR, which will be decisive in boosting market confidence and demonstrating tourism’s potential for generating wealth and employment.

FITUR  brings together 6,933  participants this year. In attendance will be all of Spain’s regions together with companies and destinations from 107 countries, 70 of them with official international representation, headed by the Dominican Republic, FITUR’s Partner Country this year

The International Tourism Fair FITUR 2022 opened its doors at the IFEMA Convention Center here on Wednesday to ensure support for the tourism sector at a critical time for its full recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, open until Jan. 23, brings together almost 7,000 tourism companies and 60,000 professionals globally.

The organisers expect 30,000 visitors, who will be asked to follow strict health regulations, such as wearing face masks, washing their hands and respecting the limits on crowd size in the IFEMA pavilions.

FITUR 2022 comes after a tough year for tourism that saw a timid recovery of the sector in comparison with 2020, but with tourist levels still well below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

For example, Spain’s tourism revenues totaled 88.55 billion euros (100.4 billion U.S. dollars) last year, 36 billion euros more than in 2020 but over 40 percent less than in 2019. In 2021, tourism generated 7.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which was also well below the 12.4 percent figure in 2019.

FITUR is “starting very strongly,” Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Reyes Maroto said in an interview on Wednesday morning, emphasizing that the sector was “working so that 2022 is not just the year in which we are able to consolidate our recovery, but in which we can give an impulse to the tourism model.”

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