The Dominican Republic assumed this Wednesday the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Council of Tourism (CCT), in order to continue advancing in the strengthening of the regional guidelines established in this organization and to achieve greater development of the tourism industry, which has a great impact on the economies of the member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
the minister of Tourism from Dominican Republic, David Colladoreceived the transfer of the flag of the Central American Integration System (SICA), symbolic act that marks the official transfer of the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Council of Tourism (CCT).
Collado replaces his counterpart from Panama, Iván Eskildsen, who provided a report on achievements during his term and will remain in office for six months.
This is the third time that the Dominican Republic assumes the pro tempore presidency of the CCT, at a time when the country was recognized by the World Organization for Tourism (UNWTO) as the first nation in the world to achieve recovery from the sightseeingafter the pandemic.
The act was held before his counterparts from Costa Rica, William Rodríguez; Nicaragua, Anasha Campbell; Honduras, Yadira Esther Gómez Chavarria and Guatemala, Anayansy Rodríguez.
Also present were Belize, Eddy Herrera and Carolina Cena, El Salvador.
Minister Collado stressed the importance of working together for the development of the sightseeingwhich has become the lifeline of economies.
“The time has come to make the most of the tourism potential that Central America and the Dominican Republic have,” said Minister Collado.
He stressed that the member countries of the SICA they represent more than 60 million people, in a large economy of 364 billion, and export more than 60,000 million outside the region, that is, 1,000 dollars per inhabitant.
“We have 18 World Heritage Sites and almost 40% of our forest area. We have everything the new tourist is looking for: culture, sustainability, diversity and good weather”, said Minister Collado.
In the next six months, the regional agenda implemented by the Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat (SITCA) and the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA) will continue, with the faithful commitment to continue strengthening the pillars that support the SICA such as: Democratic Security, Climate Change and Comprehensive Risk Management, Social Integration, Economic Integration and Strengthening of Regional Institutions.
Likewise, under the motto “Adapting regional integration to new challenges”, and consistent with the strategic lines outlined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX), the Ministry of Tourism will support actions that stimulate and facilitate the sustainable development of the sightseeing in Central America, sharing with the region our successful experience in terms of Responsible Recovery of Tourism Post Covid, Tourism Promotion and Marketing and Tourism Intelligence System.