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10 December 2020 - 11 December 2020
San Bartolome de Tirajana. Gran Canaria, Spain
Tourismatch 2020: International matchmaking event of the tourism sector


VIII International Tourism Forum Maspalomas Costa Canaria

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE“CHALLENGES OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY”

Resilience in response to new tourism business challenges.



GENERAL PROGRAMME


Thursday 10th December 2020

8:30 – 8:55 DELIVERY OF CREDENTIALS

AUDITORIUM HALL

9:00 – 9:30      OPENING SESSION

9:30 – 10:00       TRIBUTE TO MR. ALEJANDRO DEL CASTILLO, COUNT OF LA VEGA GRANDE, FOREFATHER OF MASPALOMAS COSTA CANARIA

  • Mr. Fernando del Castillo y Benítez de Lugo – President of the Gran Canaria Centre for Tourism and Initiatives

10:00 – 11:00 ROUND TABLE – POLICIES IN TOURIST DESTINATIONS

  • Mrs. Yaiza Castilla Herrera – Counselor of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Canary Government
  • Mr. Carlos Álamo Cabrera – Counselor of Tourism for the Island Council of Gran Canaria (pending confirmation)
  • Mr. Alejandro Marichal Ramos – Counselor for the Government Area of Tourism, Urban Planning, Environmental Policies and Human Resources of the Town Hall of St. Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • Mrs. Cristina del Rio Fresen - Author of the Proyecto Canarias Fortaleza (Canary Strength Project). Canary Head of SGAE (Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) and former Manager of the Gran Canaria Tourism Board.
  • Moderator Mrs. Anabel Rivero Vera – Head of the Tourism Department for the Gran Canaria Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Top Technician for the CIDE Network (Canary Innovation and Business Development Centres)

11:00 – 11:30     BREAK

11:30 – 12:30     ROUND TABLE – TRANSPORTATION: AEREAL, SEA AND LAND TRANSPORTS

  • Mrs. Lenka Vikova – Founder and Managing Director of Canaria Travel and CSA Airlines
  • Mrs. Carolina Herrero – Director of Communications and Institutional Relations for the Spanish Airline Association (ALA)
  • Mrs. Paloma Utrera – Head of Sales and Offline Marketing of Iberia Express
  • Mr. Mario Otero Andión – Airport Manager for the Canary Group of AENA
  • Mr. Juan Francisco Martín – Commercial Manager of the Las Palmas Port Authority
  • Mr. Mamerto Cabrera Cabrera – Managing Director of CANARY ISLANDS CAR (CICAR) rental business
  • Moderator: Mrs. Marta Cantero Lleó – Regional Content Manager in the Canary Islands for Spanish radio station SER

12:30 – 13:00     REACTIVATION AND DYNAMIZATION OF TOURIST BUSINESSES AND BRANDS

  • Mr. Manuel Butler – Chief Executive of the World Tourism Organization

13:00 – 13:30     KEYNOTE LECTURE: FUTURE OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN THE POST-COVID ERA

  • Mr. José Ramón Díez Guijarro – Head of Bankia Studies Service

14:00 – 16:30     BREAK

STARTING TIME 11:15 – EXPOMELONERAS TERRACE

  • GASTROFORUM – Coordinator: MR. FRANCISCO ALMEIDA OSSA.
  • Several demonstration workshops shall be carried out by different businesses and training centres.

MORE INFO AUDITORIUM HALL

16:30 – 18:00 GASTROFORO – KNOWCOOKING

HALLS: GUAYADEQUE, BALOS AND ARIDANE

16:30 – 19:30 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS – CHALLENGES OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

PRESENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATIONS


Friday 11th December 2020

AUDITORIUM HALL

9:00 – 10:00       ROUND TABLE – TOURIST INTERMEDIATION: TRAVEL AGENCIES AND TOUROPERATORS

  • Mr. Rafael Gallego Nadal – Vice-President of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators (CEAV)
  • Mr. Ricardo Fernández Flores – Managing Director of the Destinia Group
  • Mrs. Lenka Vikova – Founder and Managing Director of Canaria Travel and CSA Airlines
  • Mr. Armando Bojorquez – CEO of Viajez Bojorquez – Mexico
  • Moderator: Mr. Ignacio Moll – Director of Tourinews

10:00 – 10:30     PERSPECTIVES AND CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Mr. Rolf Freitag – Founder of Ipk International

10:30 – 11:30     ROUND TABLE: UPLIFTING TOURISM DESTINATIONS: PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED *

  • Mr. José Juan Lorenzo – Manager of Canary Islands Tourism Promotur. Council of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Canary Government
  • Mr. Pere Granados – Major of the Town of Salou and Chairman of the Salou Tourism Board
  • Mr. Jorge Luis Olivarez Novalez – General Direction of Political Coordination for the Secretary of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Ignacio Vasallo – Founder and First CEO of Turespaña, Director of International Relations of the Tourism Writers and Journalists Federation
  • Mr. Santiago de Armas – President of the Tourism Commission, Official Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Board of Directors of IFA Hotels
  • Moderator: Mr. Alexis Rojas – Executive Producer of La Hora del Turismo (The Tourism Hour)

11:30 – 12:00 BREAK

12:00 – 13:00     ROUND TABLE: LEISURE ACTIVITIES SERVICES, RESTAURANTS AND THEME PARKS IN TOURIST DESTINATIONS

  • Mr. Dhiraj Chhabria – President of Fund Grube S.A.
  • Mr. Christoph Kiessling – Vice-President of Loro Parque
  • Mr. Sebastián Sanso – General Manager of St. Roque University Hospitals in Maspalomas
  • Mr. Juanfi Bautista Ramírez – General Manager for Café del Mar Meloneras
  • Mr. Juan Padrón León – Chef of El Rincón de Juan Carlos – Tenerife
  • Mr. Albert Raurich – Owner Dos Palillos, Barcelona
  • Moderator: Mrs. Carmen Vecino – Journalist

13:00 – 14:00     ROUND TABLE: THE LODGING INDUSTRY: HOTELS, APPARTMENTS, VACATION HOMES

    • Mr. José María Mañaricúa – President of FEHT – Las Palmas Federation of Hospitality and Tourism
    • Mr. Jorge Marichal – President of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Lodgings (Cehat) and of Ashotel (pending confirmation)
    • Mr. Eduardo González – Manager and Founder of Sublimotion
    • Mr. Fernando Turnes Pérez – Managing Director of Hotel Royal Hideaway Corales Resort – Tenerife
    • Moderator: Mr. Nicolás Villalobos Mestres – Managing Director of Be Cordial Hotels & Resorts

    14:00     CLOSING SESSION

    * The conference/round table shall be carried out in English.

    * The conference will be broadcast on streaminng or you tube

    Tourismatch 2020: International matchmaking event to reinforce the competitiveness of the tourism sector.

    10th December (on site)

               Session 1: 11:00-12:00 hr

               Session 2: 12:00-13:00 hr

               Session 3: 13:00-14:00 hr

    10th December (virtual)

               Session 4: 15:30-16:30 hr

               Session 5: 16:30-18:00 hr

    11th December (virtual)

               Session 1: 10:00-11:00 hr

               Session 2: 11:00-12:00 hr

               Session 3: 12:00-13:00 hr

    Programme more information

    Registration

    Closed since 10 December 2020

    Location

    Plaza de las Convenciones , Meloneras
    35100 San Bartolome de Tirajana. Gran Canaria, Spain

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    Meetings

    Participants 130
    Meetings 163

    Participants

    Austria 1
    Belgium 2
    Bulgaria 6
    Croatia 1
    Germany 1
    Greece 1
    Hungary 1
    Italy 23
    Lithuania 3
    Malta 2
    Morocco 1
    Netherlands 1
    Nigeria 1
    Poland 3
    Portugal 6
    Romania 3
    Spain 65
    Sweden 1
    Turkey 1
    Ukraine 1
    United Kingdom 5
    United States 2
    Total 131

    Participants

    Tourism sector company 46
    University 3
    R&D Institution 6
    Association/Agency 3
    Authority/Government 8
    Cluster 2
    Technology/ Services Provider 40
    Other 23
    Total 131