In his capacity as president of the Inter-American Tourism Commission of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués convened an international meeting to analyze and agree, jointly, actions that lead to a solution to the problem represented by the increasing presence of sargassum on beaches in several countries that are part of the Caribbean Sea basin.
By participating in the "22nd Ibero-American Conference of Tourism Ministers and Entrepreneurs", within the framework of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur), in Madrid, Spain, he highlighted the importance of the ministries of tourism and the environment working closely together coordination in common actions that allow facing this natural phenomenon.
The increasing presence of sargassum in beach destinations in the Caribbean Sea has been seen with concern, which affects tourism activity and adversely impacts the economy of these tourist centers, the lives of their inhabitants, wildlife, flora, and the existing ecosystems in the littorals.
Torruco Marqués said that, fortunately, with the development of science and technology the effects of these seaweeds can be controlled or diminished and exemplified by the cases of China and Sweden, where significant achievements have been made. "Of course, the scientists of our countries have also focused on combating this problem," he said.
Before ministers and businessmen of Latin America participated in this 22nd conference, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico said: "We know the importance of a coordinated work to have greater response capacity and that is my proposal in that sense." He invited all ministers and tourism entrepreneurs to work together to achieve, through these cooperation mechanisms, sustainable tourism for the good of our countries.
It is important to remember that the Organization of American States (OAS) was created in 1948, when the charter of that organization, which entered into force in 1951, was signed in Bogotá, Colombia. Mexico is the founding country of the OAS. In 2012, due to the important contribution of tourism to their economies, the member states created the Inter-American Tourism Commission (CITUR).
At the suggestion of friendly countries and having experience in leadership in different international forums, Mexico was elected to occupy the presidency of CITUR in the period 2018-2021.