Cali (Colombia), Nov 23 (EFE) .- The president of the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE), Miguel Mirones, today offered to Colombia the support of his country to boost tourism that, he said, is undergoing an important transformation since the signing of the peace process.
"In Colombia there are destinations known and valued all over the world but there is an added reality, consequence of the peace process, and has been the opening of absolutely unknown, natural and beautiful territories to the possibility of investment and development, "Mirones told Efe.
In that sense, he stressed that "they are a magnificent opportunity to develop a tourism policy that makes them" a resource for this sector and indicated that "Spain and the tourism sector Spanish want to support and participate in this process. "
Mirones spoke at the opening of the IV International Congress of Tourist Quality, which is being held for the first time in Latin America and gathers today in Cali (southwest) about 500 businessmen, experts and delegates of the tourism sector of Spain and Colombia.
During the fourth edition of the congress, the Attendees can participate in eight working groups on tourism, peace and development, gastronomic tourism, keys for the management of tourist flows, collaborative economy, industries creative and sustainable development, among others.
Mirones said that after the conference, which will conclude tomorrow, is also expected to "complete the talks" between the ICTE, the Mayor of Cali and the Government of the department of Valle del Cauca, and launch the pilot project of the tourist quality system, which they have been developing together.
The executive He explained that with this project they hope to "turn Cali and the Cauca Valley into national and Ibero-American reference of tourist quality", to guarantee travelers products and services tourism that meet expectations and quality standards.
For its part, the governor of Valle del Cauca, Dilian Francisca Toro, told Efe that this event is an opportunity to highlight also the tourist potential of the city, the department, the Colombian Pacific and its inhabitants.
"Now that we are at peace we believe that you can know all those regions that were previously closed because the guerrillas were there but are beautiful. He stressed.
For his part, the Mayor of Cali, Maurice Armitage, stressed the importance of receiving accompaniment from a country that "knows quality and that they are professionals in the tourism. "
" This is important for Cali, Valle del Cauca and of course for Colombia, to count on your support (...) we are aware of the change the country is undergoing terms of being able to exploit our possibilities for tourism and with the support of you for sure "this sector will grow," he said.