An evening in honour of the tourism industry

Guests posed for a photo after the dinner at Clothworkers Hall.
Guests posed for a photo after the dinner at Clothworkers Hall. / Salvador Salas
  • SUR in English entertained more than 140 authorities and professionals at Clothworkers Hall in London on Monday

“Andalucía is in the hearts of the British,” said the ambassador Simon Manley, speaking at the SUR in English annual dinner in London on Monday. This year the event, organised as a celebration of that special relationship between British tourists and southern Spain, was held in Clothworkers Hall, the grand home of the livery company that started its life as a guild for the textile industry.

Along with the ambassador, guests included the regional minister for Tourism, Francisco Javier Fernández; the mayors of Malaga, Cordoba and Seville, Francisco de la Torre, Isabel Ambrosio and Juan Espadas; the president of the Malaga provincial government, Elías Bendodo; British MP Chris Bryant; as well as mayors from many of the tourism resorts on the Costa del Sol, leaders of hoteliers' associations in Spain and numerous professionals from the industry.

Speakers at the dinner, introduced by SUR's Director of Publications, Pedro Luis Gómez, and welcomed by Editor-in-Chief, Manuel Castillo, included the aforementioned political leaders as well as the new director of the Cervantes Institute in London, Ignacio Peyró, who spoke of the importance of language tourism, and José Luis Borau of the ONCE Foundation, who called for more accessible tourism for people with disabilities.