Salou accuses the Government of belittling the sun and beach tourism model
Salou will host, next Monday and Tuesday, the first #SalouCongress Convention at the TAS. It will have 28 experts from different fields –public administrations, companies, universities, etc–, who will address issues related to coastal tourism through conferences and round tables.
The mayor, Pere Granados, claimed the need to hold an event of this nature at a time when "our tourism model is belittled and stigmatized by our rulers for ideological reasons and ignorance", pointing directly to the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Granados valued the socioeconomic contribution that coastal tourism makes in the territory: "it creates jobs, contributes to the GDP and contributes to the development of the territory, so that residents also benefit from it." The mayor assessed this ideological position of the Government as "a serious basic error, because they go against many people who live around this model."
The Secretary of State, Fernando Valdés, will be one of the speakers at the conference
Contrary to this message, the consistory is confident that the congress will raise awareness about the relevance of this tourism model. Granados is confident that it will be a success to "value tourism in coastal municipalities, as well as to generate debate and propose proposals that improve the experience offered by these destinations, which are already leading a process of change towards digitization and sustainability." ».
The event has the participation of the Alliance of Tourist Municipalities of Sun and Beach (AMT), made up of eight Spanish towns and chaired by Granados. Lloret de Mar (Girona) is the other Catalan town of this entity, which makes the convention an important event for the whole of Catalonia. Granados pointed out that "it is the first event of these characteristics to be held in Catalonia", lamenting, once again, the scant support of the Government.
The event will be attended by representatives of leading companies, research centers and public administrations. Among them are the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés or the Government delegate in Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Gay. Granados will inaugurate the congress, where the rest of the mayors of the AMT will also be. As part of the Government, Carme Rubio, deputy general director of Desenvolupament Turístic Territorial, will attend. The complete program can be consulted on the website of the City Council.
The councilor for Hisenda, Yeray Moreno, pointed out that one of the objectives of the congress is "to present Salou as a benchmark municipality when it comes to leading the recovery of the tourism sector." Its celebration seeks to define paradigms around the coastal tourism model, evaluating the progress achieved and the challenges of the present and future.