The International Congress of Tourism

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The event is aimed at regional tourism authorities, entrepreneurs and industry associations, academia and foundations of people who require accessibility. The meeting will be attended by national and international guests from Canada, Spain, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Italy and Colombia.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and tourism, through Fontur, will hold in the Tebaida (Quindío) the International Congress of Accessible Tourism

The event is aimed at regional tourism authorities, entrepreneurs and associations of the sector, academia and foundations of people who require accessibility, among others. The event will involve more than 350 people.

The Vice Minister of Tourism, Julián Guerrero Orozco, said that ” this contest will continue with the processes of awareness and training of the actors of the value chain of the tourism sector. The aim of the day is that we all understand the importance of inclusion and accessibility in tourism, the social value and the competitive advantages that we have to socialize this segment with more people.”

The event will be attended by national and international guests from Canada, Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Italy and Colombia. They will all address key issues for understanding this kind of Tourism. These include universal design, inclusive tourist service, quality management and entrepreneurship, as well as inclusive tourist employability.

Our message to service providers is that we must continue to work for quality tourism for all. In addition, through the development of accessible tourism there will be more business opportunities for entrepreneurs

Within the framework of the event, people will choose theme rooms of interest, where they will know success stories at the national level that have advanced in accessibility and inclusion. In addition, the tourism sector guilds will discuss their management in this area.

Finally, the high official noted that the Ministry is working on the design of tools to promote accessible tourism by promoting training, awareness-raising, adaptation of spaces with universal Design, Job inclusion and the development and promotion of accessible destinations and services.

Since 1861, some 30 million Italians emigrated from their country and many of them settled in Argentina (and other Latin American countries). So many of their descendants (like the Spanish and other European nations) dream of visiting the village where the Nonno or great-grandfather was born. But not everyone has the elements to find the right place in Italy. For this there is a specific branch of Tourism: root tourism. Specifically, Marina Gabrieli built her thesis on the subject for her doctorate on cultural goods and territory and ended up creating together with other Italian Roots, an organization aimed at helping descendants to rediscover their origins.

The organization is responsible for the family historical research of those concerned, placing birth certificates and trying to reconstruct the steps of the emigrant from the house in which he lived, the church in which he was baptized and gathering the elements to discover his culture of origin. No doubt a very exciting moment for those who travel and find themselves in front of those places.

When the people who contact us, Marina explains, the first thing we ask them to begin with the historical –family investigation is the name of the ancestor, the date of birth, the village of origin and the name of the parents. If you have all these data, we can try to get documents such as the birth certificate in the region’s civil registry. Once we have that information we contact the commune, to ask for all the documents that allow us to identify the house where the ancestor was born, and other places linked to family history (such as the family’s workplace). It is also important to converse with the person who wishes to travel to Italy to assemble the journey in accordance with the story he received from childhood regarding the activities they carried out in Italy to build a journey to his own measure and to pass through the places that for him or his family are important.

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