Published on : Jan 28, 2015
Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain accepted UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism in a bid to create job opportunities and accelerate socio-economic growth. The letter came from Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC at the Spain Global Tourism Forum in Madrid.
Prime Minister Rajoy further added tourism accounts for 10.9% of country’s GDP and creates at least one out 9 jobs. He emphasized that the sector is a crucial one for the present and future of Spain’s economy.
The tourism sector is an important one in the country as Spain is the third most visited destination in the world. Additionally, tourism represented 25% of all the new jobs in Spain in 2014 and it is also the second biggest destination in terms of foreign earnings from tourism.
Rifai, , UNWTO Secretary-General stated Spain’s success story has been scripted with exceptional support from current political scenario. The acceptance of the Open Letter reassures that Spanish Government is still supporting the tourism industry which will remain the key driver for the country’s social and economic development in the coming few years.
David Scowsill added that Spain will be a host to WTTC´s 15th annual Global Summit on 15-16 April in Madrid. This event will see Chairmen and CEOs of globally leading tourism enterprises debate and suggest policies for boosting growth in the global travel and tourism sector. Playing a host to the event signifies Spain’s effort to prioritize travel and tourism industry.