With the presence of the Paraguayan delegation, the 14th edition of Fiexpo Latin America 2021 began in Cartagena, Colombia, which brings together the most important leaders in meeting tourism in Latin America, being the largest fair in the associative events market in the region.
During the first day of the fair, which will run until Saturday, October 30, the 8th Latin American Political Forum on Meeting Tourism was held, with the presence of ministers, vice ministers and senior tourism authorities.
In the presentation of the participating countries, Arnaldo Nardone, director of the Forum, highlighted the results of meeting tourism in Paraguay in recent years.
Paraguay was represented by the Minister of Tourism, Sofía Montiel de Afara, who highlighted that in 2019 the country experienced a 51% growth in total spending by national and international tourists attending congresses, conventions, fairs and exhibitions, in comparison with 2018.
“Income in the business tourism segment in 2019 was $ 174,716,636, which reflects that we are growing,” he said.
Likewise, the Paraguayan tourism minister affirmed that according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), in 2019 the country rose significantly “Paraguay advanced to 10th place in Latin America in the number of meetings organized.”
This year, the exhibition began immediately after the 60th Annual Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which also takes place in the city of Cartagena.
This coincidence celebrates an integral week of reactivation of the Latin American meetings industry, in which all the members of the value chain meet for business conferences and training sessions.