It was more important than ever this year to pay tribute to the tourism industry. After being cancelled, along with all other World Travel Market events last year, on Monday representatives of SUR and SUR in English were proud to welcome guests to the traditional tourism dinner, held this year at Merchant Taylors' Hall. The nearly 100 diners had at least one thing in common: they were all hopeful that the tourism industry will get back on its feet next year.
Among representatives of the tourism authorities at the dinner were the vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía and regional Tourism minister, Juan Marín, who said, "We must all stick together because after each crisis there is always an opportunity."
Guests included the president of the Costa del Sol Tourism authority, Francisco Salado; the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre; Lord Daniel Brennan; the former president of the WHO, Manual Butler; the Gibraltar Minister for Tourism Vijay Daryanani; the president of the Spanish chamber of commerce in London, Eduardo Barrachina; as well as the mayors of tourist destinations such as Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Mijas, Nerja and Torrox, tourism officials from Almeria, the region of Murcia, Cordoba and Almuñécar, and the president of the Costa del Sol hoteliers association (Aehcos), José Luque, among others.
Special tribute was paid to the until recently Director of Publications, Pedro Luis Gómez, who has been behind the participation of SUR in English at the World Travel Market for the last 35 years.