The Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, José Manuel Restrepo (above left), and Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Tomás Torruco (above right), signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the tourism and travel sector in order to strengthen joint collaboration for economic development in the industry. The document, signed March 10, builds on the 1998 Tourism Cooperation Agreement between the two countries, and a similar MOU signed in 2012.
“The signing of this document strengthens the ties of friendship and support that we have had for so many years with the Government of Mexico,” said Minister Restrepo, after noting that with the signing of that MOU, new opportunities in the sector are taking hold, the which contribute to the economic growth of the two nations.
The new Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation allows the countries to exchange and provide advice for the development of infrastructure in projects and comprehensive sustainable tourist centers. In addition, it promotes training and education programs for professionals from both countries in the tourism sector. Added to this is the support for the exchange of experiences, statistical data, informative materials of mutual interest. Likewise, the design of tourism promotion programs is promoted in order to increase tourism flows between both countries, among others.
Likewise, with this initiative “we intend to learn about how in Mexico they handle and manage issues such as Magical Towns and Traditional Cooks, which we could apply within the framework of our Heritage Peoples Network,” stressed Minister Restrepo.
The Memorandum of Understanding entered into force upon its signature and will be valid for a period of five years.