Ana Larrañaga – Directora de FITUR
LGBT tourism represents a segment which is experiencing one of the highest increases among tourism industry. Due to their expense levels and dynamism, many destinations are making strong efforts in order to attract this type of tourists. But what are their traveling motivations? What do they expect from a destination?
Yolanda Perdomo. Directora del Programa de Miembros Afiliados de la OMT
Hotels are no longer simple accommodation sites. These have become spaces for resting, sharing, eating, practicing sports and enjoying. Some of them are even destinations on their own. Hence, attracting a 21st Century tourist to different tourist lodgings has become a real competition, in which each site tries to confer an identity of its own to its premises. This requires innovation and overcoming important challenges related to economic and energy efficiency in terms of management.
Nicolás Villalobos Director General del Grupo Cordial. Licenciado en Derecho y Licenciado en Ciencias Empresariales.
Hospitals, clinics, spas, health insurers, and specialized clusters try to profit from this new gold mine: tourism. The combination of health and tourism produces an annual world turnover of 75,000 million €. However, this concept comprehends a range of different activities, going from relaxing services within hotels or in specific wellness centers, to surgeries with their more or less extended postoperative periods. Many destinations are specializing themselves in one or several activities or medical disciplines, yet a significant growth potential lies ahead for this industry.
Mónica Figuerola Martín Directora Gerente de SPAINCARES.
Tourism is the main driving force of the Canary economy. Despite this fact, roles played by their main tourism municipalities in terms of Canary social, political and economic structures do not always correspond to their real weight. Five municipalities have taken decisive steps to unite in order to defend their common interests. Leaving aside their differences, names and islands, St Bartolomé de Tirajana, Adeje, Mogán, Arona and Guía de Isora have agreed to coordinate their actions and qualify their destinations in healthy competition terms. Hence, these municipalities demand an improvement of their infrastructures, equipment, a better integration of tourists and residents, and above all, an active participation in the preparation and implementation of future tourism strategies.
José Luis Zoreda de la Rosa Chief Executive Officer, Exceltur.
Students from different private and public Canary schools, directly related or not with tourism, shall present several group works concerning their social perception of tourism. This initiative, first launched during our past forum edition, draw the attention of both public and speakers, also achieving a great success due to both its innovation and the quality of students’ presentations. The Town Council of St. Bartolomé de Tirajana and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria foster this campaing for non-university training with the clear aim of contributing to form a more aware generation in terms of tourism value and importance
Marcelo Risi Jefe de Prensa de la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB) desde 2015. Anteriormente ocupó el mismo cargo en la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT) de las Naciones Unidas
This Conference is included within the 4th Tourism Forum of Maspalomas Costa Canaria.
The aim of this Conference is to provide an international forum for scholars, researchers, professionals and students to discuss different aspects of trends, challenges, competitiveness and innovation of island destinations, as well as to promote multidisciplinary cooperation relationships between scholars and tourism industry.
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