The territorial delegate of Tourism of the Junta in Almeria, Vicente García Egea, has held a meeting today with representatives of the Association of Municipalities of the Almanzora Valley to address the development of sustainable tourism plans in the region and its promotion through the META 2027 Plan, which provides for investments in tourism for more than 700 million euros throughout the Andalusian territory.
García Egea has assured that an “important part” of the financing provided for in the plan, which is fed by the Next Generation Funds for recovery, will go to Almeria thanks to the work that has been done in the preparation of strategies for the promotion of sustainable tourism in which “the towns have been regionalised” to group them together and promote joint action.
The territorial responsible has detailed that, in the case of the Almanzora Valley, it has opted for linking plans with the region of Los Vélez, which brings together within its strategy to some thirty municipalities to ensure “success” of the bet within the framework of competitive competition in which the plans are presented.
“We have an infinity of tourism products in this region: industrial tourism, the Greenway, natural resources, the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park; a number of elements that we think can give us success in the development of this project,” said García Egea.
Specifically, the regions of Almanzora and Los Vélez will be united through the project of “territorial cohesion and structuring”, which will make it “one of the most important” in terms of obtaining funds. “I am hopeful that this will be the case and we are going to work to make it happen,” the delegate assured.
During the meeting, which was attended by representatives of a dozen municipalities led by the president of the Mancomunidad, Antonio Ramón Salas, the territorial delegate of Tourism has encouraged to take advantage of this “historic opportunity” before the volume of funding that involves the implementation of the META 2027 Plan, which will be complemented with other economic resources from the regional government and different sources to the interest of the Ministry that leads Juan Marín in promoting “a before and after” in the tourism development of the provinces.
The president of the Mancomunidad and mayor of Alcóntar has welcomed the initiative taken by the Andalusian government to promote sustainable tourism in which the supra-municipal body “has been working for many years” through an “important project” that is articulated around the Greenway. “We are committed to tourism because it is the fundamental basis of cultural and economic development,” said Salas, for whom “without cultural and tourist development I don’t think we would be able to be where we are and to earn a future.
“I think we will be able to move forward with this important issue for the whole of the Almanzora Valley, which will mean a before and after,” said the president, who thanked the action of the Board when it comes to promoting inland tourism. “It is doing important, fundamental work and I think it will be able to get us out of the ostracism in which we were finding ourselves,” he added.