Maria Grapini: Tourism promotion measures, to continue after European models having proved efficiency

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Minister Delegate for SMEs, Business Environment and Tourism Maria Grapini in an official meeting with High Commissioner for the Spain Brand Carlos Espinosa said that the measures for promoting Romanian tourism would continue through coherent strategies, integrated in efficient programmes, after the European models having proved their efficiency.

According to a release of the Department for SMEs, Business Environment and Tourism, the relevant Minister, Maria Grapini, participated together with Prime Minister Victor Ponta in a working visit in Madrid, in the period July 21-23, 2013.

Besides the common agenda, Maria Grapini participated in a number of official meetings with High Commissioner for the Spain Brand Carlos Espinosa, with Secretary General for Industry and SMEs Luis Valero Artola and with World Tourism Organisation Secretary General Taleb Rifai.

Interested in revitalising the tourism industry and in adopting some efficient policies for the promotion of Romanian tourism, the Minister Delegate discussed with Carlos Espinosa the mechanisms and the strategies the Spanish State implemented to reach some similar objectives.

Minister Maria Grapini underscored that in Romania, too, there had been an initiative to introduce a country brand, besides the sectoral brands, and that in the future the measures for promoting tourism through coherent strategies, integrated in efficient programmes, after European models having proved their efficiency, would continue.

In respect with the business environment-related discussions, the Romanian Minister had a meeting with Secretary General for Industry and SMEs Luis Valero Artola, who presented her the draft law on supporting the entrepreneurs and the internationalisation process.

The project has as main objective the creation of a modern and flexible institutional and normative framework, meant to facilitate the initiation and development of a business.

During the meeting with World Tourism Organisation Secretary General Taleb Rifai and with the working team, the officials discussed a number of issues related both to tourism in general and to legislative aspects in this area. Some of the topics approached were: the international regime for hotel rating, the unitary working framework in Europe, mountain tourism, the increase in the number of tourists by simplifying the methods for obtaining visas, as well as the possibilities of approaching tourism in the context of granting the Schengen visa.

At the end of the visit, within the common agenda, there were meetings with a series of ministers of the Government of the Community of Madrid, with mayors of the Community of Madrid, with the Regional Minister for Social Assistance and with the Chamber of Commerce Chairman.

Moreover, the Romanian Minister had meetings with members of the Romanian community of Spain, in which they tried to identify the issues they were confronted with in the areas of SMEs, business environment and tourism. (National News Agency AGERPRES)

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