For the third consecutive year, Guayaquil takes the trophy as the leading city in South America for business trips, an award that, together with the designation as a leading destination for festivals and events in South America, places the city on the map of international tourism.
This was mentioned on Saturday night by Gloria Gallardo, president of the Municipal Public Company of Tourism, International Relations and Civic Promotion of Guayaquil, organizing institution of the 2018 edition of the World Travel Awards gala held at the Palacio de Cristal.
“For us it is an honor to host this great event. We are talking about the 25 years of the World Travel Awards. The awarding of excellence to tourism is so important, because it allows us to show what we are, our identity, culture and nature, “said Gallardo.
In addition to these two awards, the official also received recognition as the leading tourism authority in South America won by the municipal company and was named Personality of the Year for the Tourism Industry in Latin America. Three of the eight categories to which the city was nominated.
“We are happy to show you this newly emerging city. Five years ago we started to promote Guayaquil as a tourist destination and today we can proudly show how the city has progressed in the last 20 years, “said the president.
The gala was also attended by the Minister of Tourism, Enrique Ponce de León, the mayor of Cuenca, Marcelo Cabrera, Quito, Mauricio Rodas and a hundred representatives of hotels, companies and national and international cities.
Cuenca received the award for the leading holiday destination in South America and Quito won as the leading cultural city of South America, the leading airport in South America, the leading destination in South America and the leading destination for meetings and conferences in South America.
“We are highly pleased to receive them in the place where magic becomes truth, where dreams come true, in the place where the line that unites the world, the equinoctial line, in the country of the four worlds and in its Main Port, “said Minister Ponce, while congratulating Mayor Jaime Nebot on” the enormous achievements “in tourism.
This year, Ecuador added 25 awards, eleven more than those received last year. “This is a great recognition for @TurismoEC and for that Ecuadorian industry whose effort is valued, recognized and celebrated worldwide by organizations, agencies and tourists,” President Lenin Moreno wrote yesterday on his Twitter account.
During the event, a posthumous tribute was paid to Carlos Rubira Infante, a singer from Guayaquil who died of cardiac arrest on Friday, and several groups performed to the rhythm of representative songs for the city. (I)