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LATA hosts tourism board summit

The Latin American Travel Association's (LATA) tourism board summit brought together more than 20 senior government and tourism officials to discuss how the region can collectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Led by LATA chairman Colin Stewart, the session was the first meeting of a programme to encourage and facilitate a coordinated effort to ensure that tourism to Latin America returns strongly as restrictions on travel are lifted.

Nicaragua’s minister of tourism, Anasha Campbell Lewis, said: “We would like to thank LATA for giving us this platform to confidentially share our challenges and voice our needs for the future of tourism to the region. We feel a regional approach will enable us to learn from one another and will strengthen our position going forward. We feel Nicaragua and our Latin American destination partners are in a strong position to welcome back tourists given our strengths and values in terms of sustainability, adventure and nature and community-led initiatives."

Colin Stewart concluded: “It is important for LATA to learn from its members at this time to help inform our activity going forward and understand how best we can support the region. This forum has opened up a series of important considerations and given LATA a number of direct action points to initiate.”

Image Credit: @Chile_Satelital/Flickr

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