The Canary Islands promote small-scale fishing and marine culture as a tourist attraction

The objective of the Forum is to develop the tourism potential of non-industrial fishing in the archipelago.

The regional councillor for Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, inaugurated this Monday the ‘II Forum on Marine Tourism’, organised within the framework of the Ecoáreas Mardetodos project and attended by some 200 representatives of the sector, which will continue until this Tuesday.

The Regional Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade of the Canary Islands Government has launched a strategy to involve agents, companies and professionals from the small-scale fishing and coastal carpentry sectors, as well as representatives of the multiple socio-cultural resources of the Canary Islands coastline, in the development of a more sustainable type of tourism in its threefold social, economic and environmental aspects, promoting and showing the islands’ marine culture as a unique tourist attraction.

At the forum, the Minister of Tourism stated that “the path to promote, care for and conserve artisanal fishing and promote it as a tourist attraction has already begun and is unstoppable”.

During her speech, Yaiza Castilla emphasised that “this is another step forward in the strategy of committing to a more sustainable tourism model that allows the wealth generated by the economic engine to be efficiently redistributed among the entire population and throughout the territory, focusing on identity in order to differentiate the islands, respecting the environment and traditions”.

This forum, which was held this Monday and will continue this Tuesday at the Hotel Escuela Santa Cruz, in Tenerife, brings together companies, cooperatives, guilds, fishing sector professionals, tourism intermediaries, students and experts from different parts of the Peninsula and Europe, Portugal, Italy, France, who will present their experiences in Seafood Tourism in their countries.

This varied group of people will allow, in the opinion of the councillor, “with their contributions, analysis and ideas, to develop the potential of a key sector in history and which must also be essential for its future”.

She also stressed that it will contribute to the promotion of local culture, which differentiates the Canary Islands “from other tourist destinations”.

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