The Spanish envoy urges to strengthen tourism and trade with the Bangla …

(MENAFN- Bangladesh Monitor) Dhaka: We must break the barrier of knowledge and the stereotypes that Spain and Bangladesh have between them to better facilitate bilateral relations through tourism and trade, said Francisco Benitez, Ambassador of ‘Spain in Dhaka.

The Spanish envoy said this during an interview with the country’s selective travel agents and tourism media representatives at the capital’s embassy on September 27.

Benitez pointed out that Spain is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Besides tourism, the country is also renowned for its leadership in many sectors, including business, construction, medicine, engineering, science and research.

Likewise, the impressive record that Bangladesh has achieved in 50 years in the aforementioned sectors is incomparable to any other country, said Benitez.

Therefore, there are great opportunities for Spain and Bangladesh to create an effective partnership in the respective fields and more, which could take the bilateral relationship between the two to new bilateral heights.

Francisco Benitez, Ambassador of Spain in Dhaka is seen speaking on the occasion

Speaking on this occasion, the Ambassador of Spain informed that tourism in Spain is the third major contributor to its national economy after the industrial and commercial / banking sectors, contributing around 10 to 11 percent of the Spanish GDP.

The country has been a popular destination for summer vacations, especially with large numbers of tourists from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Benelux and the USA, among others.

As a result, Spain’s foreign tourism industry has become the second largest in the world.

In 2019, Spain was the second most visited country in the world, registering 83.7 million tourists, marking the seventh consecutive year of record numbers.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, in the first eleven months of 2020, only 18.3 million tourists visited Spain.

On the other hand, the Spanish envoy expressed his sorrow over the plans of the UNWTO to move its headquarters from Madrid to Riyadh.

He sighed, Spain has been a member of UNWTO since the very beginning of the organization. The country has been home to the UNWTO headquarters since 1976 in Madrid. This reflects the commitment to tourism of the Spanish government.

Therefore, the latest initiatives to move the UNWTO headquarters are not acceptable for Spain, said Benitez.

Therefore, the Ambassador urged Bangladesh’s business partners and media to support Spain’s efforts to maintain UNWTO headquarters in Madrid.

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