The Madrid International Tourism Fair (Fitur), one of the most important tourism events in the world, will be held from May 19 to 23 in person, the organizers announced.
This will be the “first face-to-face show” for the global tourism sector since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers said Thursday, who plan to welcome 100,000 people from 60 countries. “The whole world is watching us, because in spite of all the forecasts, we made the bet to celebrate this event in a face-to-face manner”, underlined the president of the executive committee of the Ifema exhibition center in Madrid which will house the Salon, José Vicente. by Los Mozos.
The objective is to “encourage the recovery” of tourism which represents 12% of the gross domestic product of Spain, added Mr. De Los Mozos, emphasizing the importance of this sector in the economic fabric of Spain. Iberian country. “The participation forecast revolves around 50,000 national and international professionals, from Wednesday to Friday, while another 50,000 people are expected during the opening to the public on the weekend,” Ifema and Fitur said in a statement issued to this meeting. opportunity. The capacity of the pavilions will be limited to 50%, while 5,000 companies in the sector are expected at this flagship event of the sector in Spain and Europe.
In order to avoid travel restrictions for nationals of countries outside the European Union, the Spanish government has granted “essential travel” status to their arrival in Fitur, allowing them to obtain a visa. They must, like any traveler, present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours upon arrival, and undergo new Covid tests during working days.