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Spanish islands look at their tourism future, with Canaries leading the way 

The European University of the Canary Islands has organised the first International Congress on Tourism in Insular Territories

This meeting will take place on November 25th and 26th in La Orotava and has received more than 70 proposals from experts and researchers from 26 universities in 20 countries.

Backed by the Higher In-stitute of Business Administra-tion and Tourism, of Portugal, it will look at the tourism management of island spaces, the most current reflections, the most sustainable expe-riences and good practices.
This was communicated at a press conference in La Orotava led by the Mayor, Francisco Linares; councillor for tourism, Delia Escobar; the rector of the European University of the Canary Islands, Cristiana Oliveira; and the Tourism professor and member of the Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee of the Congress, Elena Pérez.
For the rector of the European University of the Canary Islands, this first congress on tourism in the islands “is the opportunity to bring together experts, researchers and professionals from all over the world to talk about a sector that is changing and has to be dealt with by an overall vision.”
The Mayor of La Orotava appreciated the effort of the European University of the Canary Islands to launch this initiative “which brings us closer to the reality of an island that is eminently tourist and puts La Orotava in the focus of international institutions, so that the tourist future that is implemented in our islands is the one that all people want. ”
Elena Pérez valued the contributions of the work and research that have been received for the congress, more than 70 proposals from representatives of 20 different countries, of which a total of 13 studies will be presented over the two days. The head of the organising committee indicated that the various works that will be announced will be presented over six sessions, covering natural and cultural resources in the island territories; smart and strategic tourism marketing; best practices in sustainable tourism management; cli-mate change and the cha-llenges for the islands; entrepreneurship and inno-vation; and the improvement of the tourist image in the islands.
The University campus in La Orotava will be the headquarters of the congress, although the exhibitions will take place in parallel sessions both in the Noble Hall of the City Council of La Orotava and in the Youth House and in the Carpet Museum, in the same municipality.
This congress is sponsored by the City Council of La Orotava; the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo de Tenerife, through Turismo de Tenerife; and with the collaboration of Cana-riasenruta.com; the Loro Parque Foundation; the European Eurhodip network; the Botanical Hotel; the Costa Atlante Tenerife hotel by Sol Melia; the University of Vigo; the University of Extremadura and the conference management company Ex Ordo.
Proposals have been re-ceived from experts from all over Spain, from universities in Madrid, A Coruña, Vigo, León, Baleares, Girona, from Extre-madura, in addition to the two Canarian universities. Experts from different universities of the United States also participate in this congress