King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the opening of the 38th International Tourism Fair on Wednesday.
The International Tourism Fair is the “world’s leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets,” per its official website.
Among the many tourism professionals that attend each year, there are tour operators, travel agencies, hotels and accommodations, restaurants and catering companies, Spanish official organisations, national tourists boards, foreign tourism promotional organisations, trade associations, transport, meetings, travel media, leisure and culture, health tourism, residential tourism, festival tourism, and many other tourism-related companies, reads its official website.
This year, India was named an honorary member of the Fair. Its slogan is “Incredible India” for the duration of the Fair.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia toured the Fair on Wednesday after it opened, flanked by the President of the Congress of Deputies; the President of the Community of Madrid; the Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda; the President of the Xunta de Galicia; the President of the Junta de Andalucìa; the President of Valencia; the President of Aragón; the President of the Board of Communities of Castilla-La-Mancha; the President of the Junta de Extremadura; the President of the Balearic Islands; the President of Ceuta; the General Secretary of the World Tourism Organisation; the Ambassador of Spain in India; and the Ambassador of India.
Their Majesties visited exhibitors focused on tourism technology, development, tourism related to Turespaña, Madrid, Galicia and Navarra, and tourism for Aragón, Castilla y León and the Valencian Community.
Before leaving, Their Majesties visited exhibitors dedicated to India and Indian tourism, as well as those dedicated to Algeria.
Last year, the International Tourism Fair had a record number of exhibitions, at 9,893 from 165 different places. They also recorded that there were 135,858 participants, and 107,213 members of the public attended.
The International Tourism Fair runs 17-21 January.