Guatemala hosted the 144th regular meeting of the Central American Council of Tourism in which representatives of the region analyzed strategies to ensure the strengthening of integration and cooperation, informed sources of the sector on Monday.
This meeting -which was held from February 22 to 24 in Petén, with the participation of representatives from the tourism sector of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic- also served to study actions in favor of innovation and infrastructure, as well as for the Sustainable Development Goals fulfillment.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives of the public and private tourism sectors of the countries and member institutions of the Central American Integration System, was led by the pro tempore president of the Central American Council and the Dominican Republic of Tourism (CCT) and general director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, Jorge Mario Chajón.
In this regard, he explained on Monday that topics of cooperation projects that are managed at the regional level were discussed with funds from Taiwan, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and special collaborations with the Tourism World Organization, Central American Institute of Public Administration (ICAP) and other entities.
He added that the implementation of quality standards progress was reviewed with the Seal SICCS, organizational structure and action plan of the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Council, led Guatemala during the first half of 2019.
This organization is formed by the tourism ministers of the Governments of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, and its main objective is the facilitation and promotion of tourism development throughout the Central American region.
For this, they advocate that this industry is integrated as a strategic sector in each country with the purpose of "contributing to the sustainable tourism development of the region" facilitated and stimulating their development in each country.