El Ejido is now the national headquarters of IV Meeting of Managers of Network of Smart Tourist Destinations. It is currently being developed at the Hotel Golf Almerimar. Francisco Gongora was the mayor and served as the host for nearly 90 attendees from the Network. He was also assisted by Fernando Gimenez (deputy president, Fight against Depopulation and Tourism) and Henry Martinez (president of Segittur).
Gongora expressed his gratitude to Segittur, the Government’s public business entity for promotion of tourism, Segittur for leading the DTI project. This pioneering international initiative was promoted and managed at an international level by Segittur.
This meeting will bring together destinations that are part of the Network to create synergies, share knowledge and exchange experiences. These days will also see the presentation of best practices, expert workshops, and group sessions. The mayor of Ejido stated that all DTI "contribute to Spain's leadership as a tourist destination" during the opening day.
The provincial deputy delegate to tourism promotion policies was, for his part, proud that El Ejido could hold a meeting of such magnitude. It is an honor for the province that tourism destinations from all over the country, who work hard every day to improve their lives, visit El Ejido to exchange knowledge, learn and promote a sector that is vital to the country's economy and employment. This is yet another proof of the importance that Andalusia has been given for tourism, both in Spain and as a whole," said the Senes councilor.
He also invited attendees to participate in the conferences and learn from a province that has "constant growth" thanks to its "distinguished, efficient, and competitive offer." This is the only province that can offer all four seasons in one day.
Segittur's president Enrique Martinez stated that all competitive models are based on the success of the public managers. Without good management and natural resources, the destination doesn't work. This meeting was an opportunity to recall that El Ejido is the most popular tourist destination. It has 27 km of spectacular beaches and 1,100 moorings. There are also marinas with 1,100 moorings and a lake to canoe and row. Nature tourism includes horseback riding, hiking, and guided excursions to learn about the birdlife in Paraje and Punta Encinas Nature Reserve.