BTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism | Focus

first_imgHaving been recognised as a regional leader by voters at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here talks to Gloria Gallardo, president of the Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism, to find out how it feels to have wonBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – Guayaquil has been honoured with the titles of South America’s Leading City Destination, South America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination and South America’s Leading City Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – Breaking Travel News: How would you describe the mood among tourism insiders in Guayaquil, and Ecuador more generally, in late 2020? Are you hoping for a return to normality next year?GG: When Covid-19 first hit Guayaquil, the local city hall authorities took control over to restrain the negative effects of the pandemic. In doing so, it also aimed to keep the city economy running accomplishing short- and long-term results. Especially, the tourist area we have met with great success.The tourism industry of Guayaquil felt supported by the mayor of Guayaquil, Cynthia Viteri Jimenez, who worked together with the Public and Municipal Company of Tourism of Guayaquil, that I lead, and formed the ‘United for the Reactivation of Tourism in Greater Guayaquil’ committee.This is an organisation that has the participation of representatives of the entire tourism industry. The objective is generating proposals to benefit the tourist sector, an important pillar for the economic reactivation of the city. Some of the measures that we have been adopting include: obtaining the Safe Travels certification, temporary suspension of tourism taxes and levies, application of 75 per cent capacity for restaurants, application of 30 per cent capacity for the realisation of events and the re-opening of piers and parks.Breaking Travel News: What plans does the Guayaquil tourism board have to restore confidence in the market looking ahead to 2021?GG: After the Covid-19 health crisis, it is our top priority to regain consumer confidence. We will focus on adopting all the necessary means to guarantee the well-being of tourists. This is where we implemented training through biosecurity and the Safe Travels stamp safety measure, to ensure that the value chain of the sector targets specific health and hygiene issues. In addition, these measures are essential for employers not to provide their services in a safety manner but it aims to also protect themselves and allow their environment to adapt more quickly to the new conditions brought as a result of this pandemic.Guayaquil is considered a business travel destination and world class professional events hub. In this post-pandemic year, two events have been successfully held: International Book Fair (virtual event) and the seventh edition of Raíces a Gastronomy Hybrid Fair (face to face and virtual). At the same time, 24 virtual events and four hybrid events are in the works.For the upcoming 2021 year, the Convention Bureau of Guayaquil will manage to bring more events to the city that will generate an inflow of tourists, creation of new jobs and social progress. All these events will have the support of the Public and Municipal Company of Tourism and control agencies to guarantee the security and quality of the events and act as the watchdog of bio-safety protocols.More InformationFind out more about visiting Guayaquil on the official website. OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Andreas Scheck, vice president, sales, LATAM Gloria Gallardo: For us, it was a huge honour to have been nominated. To have won, in all the nominations, it is a huge responsibility that will challenge us even more to maintain and improve our services.  Breaking Travel News: How useful are the World Travel Awards and similar accolades in promotion of the city to a global hospitality market?- Advertisement –center_img GG: These awards awake people’s interest in Guayaquil. It makes the world to keep an eye on us and show what the city’s got to offer. Thanks to new technologies; we are able to join efforts and promote a modern and cosmopolitan concept of Guayaquil and its people who feel proud of their hometown and their identity.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

New Campbellville, East Ruimveldt Girls advance to final

first_imgNEW Campbellville Secondary will face East Ruimveldt in the final of the female segment of the 2019 ExxonMobil Schools Football tournament. During yesterday’s semi-finals, the two finalists took vastly different paths.On pitch one it was a battle of skills when the eventual winners Campbellville stitched in the first goal, compliments of Breanna Solomon in the 17th minute.Solomon returned in the 25th minute to make it two goals, leaving fans to believe that the game was over at that point.However, Shania East in the 39th minute brought the game back to life with a stunning goal as the Charlestown side seemed to be making a resurgence.Shoiana Adams in the 45th quickly restored the two-goal advantage with New Campbellville’s third in the 45th minute before East narrowed the margin to one goal with a last-ditch 50th minute strike.Charlestown could not register that equalising goal before the whistle went.In the other game, it was easy sailing for East Ruimveldt who breezed by Tucville, 2-0.Keasha Jones in the 15th and Shaqwana Wright, (46th) were the scorers in the match as the two teams prepare to meet next Saturday.Meanwhile up to press time, there were no results for the male quarterfinals.last_img read more


first_imgScoil Mhuire, Buncrana students with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Orla Mc Cafferty.Rosses Community College students with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Eilis Coakley and Trinity College representativeMulroy College students with their Guidance Counsellor, Ms Crawford and colleagueLoreto Convent, Milford with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Mc GeeLoreto Convent, Letterkenny students pictured with their Guidance Counsellors Ms Brid Mulhern and Ms Karen CroweDeele College students with a member on An Garda Siochana.Crana College students pictured with their Guidance Counsellors Ms Mary Galbreith and Ms Anne Mc ElhinneyColaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannonb students pictured with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Mairead Mc GurrenCarndonagh Community College students with their Guidance Counsellor Mr Liam HarkinSome Loreto Convent, Letterkenny girls posing for the camera at the careers fairThe Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey was the excellent venue for the annual Careers Fair organised by the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.Almost 1500 students from secondary schools across Co Donegal attended throughout the day where almost 40 third level institutions from across Ireland, England, Wales and The Netherlands gathered to inform the students on the myriad of options available to them after their Leaving Certificate.The Villa Rose was a hive of activity as the eager masses collected their pamphlets, prospectuses (as well as the odd free pen!) from the universities and colleges. Questions were answered, details were taken and seeds were planted into the students’ minds in what was a hugely successful day.The event is the flagship day of the Donegal IGC calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years and is testament to the amount of hard work being done in our schools by the Guidance Counsellors.A Twitter competition was also run on the day. Students were asked to follow the @IGCDonegal twitter page and include a hashtag to be in with a chance to win one of four One-For-All vouchers worth 50 euro each.The lucky winners were Marius Doherty, St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Owen Mc Colgan, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Rosie Browne, Colaiste Chu Uladh, Ballinamore and Chloe Sweeney, Loreto Convent, Letterkenny. Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who entered.The event organisers, Mr Rory White Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, Ms Georgina White, St Columba’s College, Stranorlar and Ms Mairead Mc Gurren, Colaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon would like to thank all the institutions for attending the event, the teachers and guidance counsellors for taking the students to the event, the students themselves for their excellent behaviour on the day and Mr Tommy Gallen and his staff at The Villa Rose Hotel. IGC CAREERS FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CAREERS FAIRFeaturesnewspicture specialschoolslast_img read more