Working visit by Minister for Tourism to Spain

The Minister of State Charged with Tourism, Tomas Mecheba Fernandez-Galilea, travelled to the Spanish city of Marbella, where he had a busy schedule of activities from 24th to 26th July, being received by the Mayor-President, Jose Bernal, and to Madrid, where he met leaders from Viajes el Corte Ingles.

The Mayor of Marbella showed interest in establishing relations in tourism matters with the Equatorial Guinea Ministry for Tourism, within the framework of the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR). The minister had the distinction of signing the “Book of Honour” for distinguished visitors to Marbella.

The head of tourism strategies at Marbella Town Hall, Alfonso Matas Martin, spoke of the experience of this small town which in little more than 15 years has gone from a small coastal town to a luxury destination, thanks to the diversification undertaken by the town hall, in activities such as golf, shopping on its famous “golden mile”, and the museum, among other activities, in addition to sun and beach tourism.

In addition, the minister met the director of Bioparc-Fuengirola, Francisco de Asis Garcia, and looked at the possibility of setting up various similar parks on Equatorial Guinea. Mecheba Fernandez also used the occasion to invite him to visit our country.

In Madrid, the minister held a meeting with the heads of New Destinations from Viajes el Corte Ingles (ECI), where the head of Institutional Marketing and the Product Manager, Marisol Seiten, declared that for Viajes El Corte Ingles is is essential for their operations to have reception agencies in the destination country, and they have been operating for over 20 years in Africa, mainly in countries such as Senegal, and some countries in the east of the African continent.

The heads of Viajes ECI advised the Minister of State that the possibility of seeing gorillas less than 6 hours from Madrid by plane, should stand out at an international forum such as FITUR, where in addition they should provide information regarding flights, infrastructures and matters such as the visa, among others.

Finally, the minister issued an invitation for a mission from Viajes El Corte Ingles to look at the best dates to make an exploratory visit to Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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