UNWTO helps promote tourism as a pillar of Paraguay’s economic development — MercoPress

UNWTO helps promote tourism as a pillar of Paraguay’s economic development

Thursday July 28, 2022 – 09:15 UTC

WTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili is welcomed by Paraguayan President Abdo Mario Benitez in Asunción

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez, at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Tourism event this week, hailed UNWTO’s support as the country strives to make tourism a central pillar of economic growth, social opportunities and jobs.

Leading an official UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) delegation to Paraguay, Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili met with President Abdo Benitez to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities for tourism in Paraguay and identify ways to working together to grow the sector in both size and relevance. .

Paraguay currently chairs the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas and is a member of its Executive Council. Such an active role in UNWTO’s mission underscores the government’s commitment to making the country one of the region’s leading tourism destinations and the sector as a driver of sustainable development.

Secretary-General Pololikashvili noted that Paraguay is already “on the world map as a destination” and that by working together, UNWTO and the government can “raise awareness of this beautiful country and make tourism a priority for create jobs and opportunities for economic growth”. ”.

Opening a special session on renewable energy and sustainable tourism, held in the context of the UNWTO visit, President Mario Abdo Benítez said: “The task of the national government is to promote Paraguay as a destination in the as part of our revenue generation strategy, strengthen our culture and provide opportunities for large numbers of young people who, as the UNWTO Secretary-General said, have the potential to be the greatest force in tourism.

Besides the meeting with the President, the UNWTO delegation also met with the Minister of Tourism of Paraguay Sofía Montiel de Afara, the National Advisory Council of Tourism of Paraguay, as well as representatives of the World Bank and the whole private sector. The presence of high-level representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Industry and Trade, and Education and Science highlighted the cross-cutting importance of tourism for Paraguay and for the region as a whole. The Minister of Tourism has declared her desire to build on her ministry’s existing work with UNWTO and develop a new set of capacity building initiatives to guide tourism in the sector out of the pandemic and into a more resilient future.

Reflecting one of UNWTO’s top priorities, as exemplified by the recent inaugural Global Youth Tourism Summit, Secretary-General Pololikashvili also met with young tourism leaders and advocates from all regions of Paraguay to hear their thoughts. on the future of the sector and ensure that they are part of the decision-making process. The UNWTO delegation also visited the historic community of San Cosme y San Damián, named one of UNWTO’s Best Tourist Villages in 2021 in recognition of its importance in preserving the country’s unique cultural heritage and as a as rural development provider.

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