Delegation promoting tourism, dishing out Yucatecan food, in Spain

Governor in good company as he accepts award for tourism excellence

Yucatan Gov. Vila Dosal meets Spain’s minister of industry, trade and tourism, María Reyes Maroto, and Mexico’s Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco, at the signing of a collaboration agreement between two countries. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatan was placed at the forefront in tourism by winning the Excelencias Turísticas 2018 Award in Madrid.

Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal is at Fitur, Spain’s 2019 International Tourism Fair, with an entourage that includes Ku’uk chef Pedro Evia Puerto and the mixologist Carlos Ávila, accompanied by Mexico’s tourism secretary, Miguel Torruco; his wife, Gloria Garza; Mexican diplomat Roberta Lajous and Yucatan’s tourism secretary, Michelle Fridman.

Vila Dosal accepted the award from José Carlos de Santiago, president of the Excelencias Group, which has regional offices in 14 countries.

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The state was distinguished along with 35 other honorees. Among them, the Real Madrid Foundation, which sent Spanish football legend Emilio Butragueño Santos to accept the prize at the gala. Other prominent winners are Hard Rock Hotels, RCD Hotels, Celebrity Cruises, Iberostar Group, BBVA Hotels, World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the Osborne Foundation.

Moments earlier, Torruco led a ribbon-cutting for Mexico’s pavilion at the trade show. Chichen Itza’s famous temple was among the iconic images presented.

Mexico is also promoting the Mayan Train, marketed as an economic trigger for the southeast of the country.

Yucatecan cuisine is being served to potential buyers, business partners, tourist operators and agencies, airlines and shipping companies.

In the opening day of Fitur 2019, Vila Dosal also held a series of meetings with executives of travel tour operators, shipping lines and airlines. The fair concludes Sunday.

Source: El Economista

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