Tourism ministers of MERCOSUR discuss strategies to expand tourism

Published on : Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MERCOSURTourism ministers of the countries of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) met Friday in Caracas to discuss various strategies to expand even more tourism in the regional bloc.

Following the meeting, Venezuelan Tourism Minister Andres Izarra explained that issues related to integration and complementary tourist services between nations that are part of Mercosur were addressed at the meeting.

In addition, they discussed the need to find common methodologies to harmonize tourism statistics, satellite accounts and tourist arrivals to another country.

Similarly, ministers agreed to design a common tourist card to enter Mercosur nations and create the Fund for Tourism Promotions of the bloc.

“We also spoke about the issue of visa to distant countries such as China, where we need to harmonize methodology or suggest it to the foreign ministries for them to harmonize methodology in order to have a more flexible system” explained Izarra.

They also addressed major sporting events to be held this year, including the World Cup in Brazil.

The Common Market of the South is composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as full members. Chile, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador are associate members. Bolivia is in the process of accession.

The nations that are part of the bloc are committed to the consolidation of democracy, legal security, poverty alleviation and economic and social development with equity.

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