Spain – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to Madrid for the meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization in Madrid (19 January 2021)


Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Madrid today, January 19, 2021.

The minister of state will meet with Fernando Valdes, Spain’s Secretary of State for Tourism, and will argue in favor of strengthening bilateral and European dialogue, notably in the context of the implementation of the French and Spanish recovery plans which have made the tourism sector a priority.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will take part in the 113th session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization in a context marked by the collapse of tourism around the world and the economic and social consequences of the health crisis on the entire sector.

The Executive Council is notably due to recommend to the General Assembly of the UNWTO a candidate for the post of secretary general for the period 2022-2025, a critical period for the recovery of tourism at the international level. France, the world’s number one tourist destination, plays an active role in the work of the UNWTO in order to promote the exchange of best practices and international coordination, which has become all the more necessary as a result of the crisis.