BTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Public and Municipal

The Public and Municipal Company of Tourism, Civic Promotion and International Relations of Guayaquil has been recognized with the title of Tourism Board of the World’s Leading City in the World Travel Awards.

Here Breaking Travel News talks to Gloria Gallardo, president of the organization, to find out how the title will impact the city as the tourism market gradually reopens.

Latest travel news: The Public and Municipal Company of Tourism, Civic Promotion and International Relations of Guayaquil has been recognized with the title of Tourism Office of the World’s Leading City in the World Travel Awards. How does it feel to have won?

Gloria Gallardo: As a Guayaquil native and as a public official, president of the Guayaquil Municipal Public Tourism Company, it was an honor to receive this award for the fourth time.

Without a doubt, this recognition is a testimony of our commitment and dedication to our beloved city of Guayaquil, always working with soul, life and heart to turn the Pearl of the Pacific into a consolidated tourist and meeting destination at a regional and global level.

This global recognition proves once again that by working together with love, passion and commitment, it is possible to go far and achieve the unattainable.

BTN: After what has been a challenging year for tourism, how will the victory at the World Travel Awards allow the city to prepare for the gradual reopening of the hotel sector as we move towards 2022?

GG: Guayaquil, by being recognized for the second time as a Leading Destination for Meetings and Conferences in South America, and for the first time as a Leading Destination in Urban Getaways in South America, will provide a greater opportunity in terms of competitiveness, will position Guayaquil as an excellent alternative to host international events in the coming years and also these awards will contribute to the reopening of the hospitality sector.

In addition, having a company recognized for four consecutive years as the Tourism Board of the Leading City of the World and as the Tourism Board of the Leading City of South America, will allow our city to be known as an emerging destination that is growing faster. and consolidating as a tourist. destination worldwide, and also that it is working hard to recover from the crisis due to efficient work in the implementation of security measures.

BTN: What do you think attracted voters to the city of Guayaquil? What sets you apart from your competitors around the world?

GG: Guayaquil, the city of the river and the estuary, has become the main gateway to Ecuador due to its connectivity, excellent weather all year round and its attractive and diverse tourist offer.

With its beautiful sidewalks, its beautiful landscapes and its incredible nature, it continues to incorporate more spaces dedicated to history, culture, entertainment and gastronomy.

The National Cocoa Museum has just been inaugurated, the iconic Panama Street where cocoa was dried, is today one of the favorite places of locals and foreigners.

Guayaquil has everything to live the greatest experiences, an open city to explore, enjoy, discover at all times, having as our best characteristic the joy, warmth and hospitality of our people.

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