Vicente Garcia Egea (territorial delegate for Tourism of the Board of Almeria) met today with representatives of the Association of Municipalities of the Almanzora Valley in order to discuss the development of sustainable tourism plans for the region and their promotion through the Plan META 2027. With which tourism investments are expected to exceed 700 million euros across the Andalusian territory.
Garcia Egea assured that Almeria will receive an "important" portion of the funding in the plan. This is due to the work done in the preparation strategies for sustainable tourism promotion in which the towns were "comarcalized" in order to bring them together and encourage joint action.
According to the territorial manager, he explained that he chose linkage plans for the Almanzora Valley. This brings together thirty municipalities in his strategy to ensure "success".
Garcia Egea said, "We have an infinite number of tourism products here: industrial tourism and the Via Verde; natural resources, the Sierra Maria-Los Velez Natural Park; there are a lot of elements that we believe can help us develop this project,"
In particular, the Almanzora region and Los Velez regions will be united through a "territorial structuring and cohesion" project that will "make it one of the most important" for obtaining funds. The delegate stated that he was optimistic that this would be the case and that he and his team will work hard to make it happen.
Representatives of 12 municipalities were present at the meeting. The president of the Commonwealth, Antonio Ramon Salas was there to encourage them to seize this "historic opportunity" due the amount of funding that the application requires. The META 2027 Plan will be supplemented with economic resources from regional Administrations and other sources, in order to promote "a before-and-after" tourism development in the provinces.
President of the Commonwealth, Alcontar mayor, praised the Andalusian Government's initiative to promote sustainable tourism. The supra-municipal body has been involved in a "important project" around the Greenway for many years. Salas said that tourism is essential for economic and cultural development. Without it, Salas believes we wouldn't be able "to be where we are today and make a living."
The president expressed confidence that he and his team would be able to accomplish the important task of promoting domestic tourism in the Almanzora Valley. He thanked the Board for their efforts. He said, "He is doing a fundamental, important job and I believe he will get us out the ostracism which was plaguing us."