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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

APEC 2019 Tourism Week

Tourism Undersecretary Zalaquett: “This is a great opportunity to work together and transfer experience and knowledge”

The meeting, which continues until May 10, will focus on key themes for the industry, such as climate change, digitalization and inclusive tourism.

May 8, 2019.- As part of APEC Chile 2019 Tourism Week, Tourism Undersecretary Mónica Zalaquett welcomed the delegates from the 21 APEC member economies who are working on different aspects of the tourism industry.

Undersecretary Zalaquett highlighted the importance of the meetings, stating, “they are highly important spaces because they give these 21 major economies the opportunity to come together and for the delegates and senior officials to work together and transfer experience, knowledge and information that is highly valuable for a young industry like ours.”

Referring to the local industry, Undersecretary Zalaquett said, “this is also an invaluable opportunity: on this occasion alone, 800 foreign delegates are visiting us because of SOM2. By November of this year, when the Leaders’ Meeting will take place, some 15,000 people will be able to personally experience what they have probably heard about our country: that it is a diverse territory that is full of contrasts with stunning natural attractions and great cultural and social heritage.”

Tourism Working Group

The activities of the Tourism Working Group began yesterday with the seminar “Using the digital economy to promote inclusive tourism.” They continued on Wednesday with a workshop designed to identify key points for developing a strategic plan in this area.

On May 9 and 10, a meeting will be held for the delegates from the 21 APEC economies, who will address priority themes identified by Chile, such as climate change and its influence on tourism, the impact of cruise tourism, digital trade and inclusive tourism.

Mónica Zalaquett noted that opportunities for cooperation like those provided by APEC are fundamental for “the evolution and strengthening of the tourism industry. Chile recognizes the importance of this work and the relevance of the tourism industry.

Finally, the Undersecretary stated that Chile is a country that has immense potential in the tourism industry, “which we can see each time we tour our country’s regions. We are very fortunate: we have a wonderful country with great human capital and natural and cultural heritage that can drive this industry. We have the raw materials and, as a country, we must be capable of taking advantage of all that we can learn from instances like APEC.”

Source: Office of the Tourism Undersecretary