FITUR, the International Tourism Fair, has begun and the municipality of Macael has been the protagonist in the first of the days with its presentation in the space ‘Costa de Almería’ that the Provincial Council of Almería makes available to the municipalities.
The Mayor of the municipality, Raúl Martínez, accompanied by the Delegate of Industry of the Junta, Guillermo Casquet, the Councillor for Tourism, Emilio Cruz and the Vice-president of the Provincial Council and Deputy of Tourism, Fernando Giménez, have reviewed the news and the work presented by the City Council of Macael for 2023 in terms of tourism.
The V edition of the ‘Recreación Histórica Canteros y Caciques en la lucha por el mármol’ which will be held the first weekend of May, on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May. The new edition of the ‘Marble Music Festival’ which will return in July with top national artists, and the new Marble Museum which will be inaugurated in just a few days, after many months of work, to transform the interpretation centre into a museum space that completes the visit of tourists to the town. A new museum that will form part of the route, right in the centre, through the new and monumental Plaza Almería or the exhibition hall that will open its doors in the old warehouse.
“The events that we are bringing to FITUR today are being held to promote the candidacy of Macael marble quarrying as Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” explained Martínez in his speech. “The Regional Government of Andalusia is going to present our proposal for Intangible Heritage of Unesco to the body shared with the Government of Spain, and this will be an important step,” added the mayor.
Twelve years ago, Macael Town Council launched a tourism project that has positioned this town in the Almanzora as a benchmark in its commitment to industrial tourism. In the last year, as well as continuing to support events that attract thousands of people, such as the Historical Recreation or the Festival in a Quarry, the Town Council is now working on the town centre of the municipality. “It is a question of revaluing it, of providing Macael with those infrastructures and those works that we have been doing all over the world and that never stayed in Macael and it is time for them to do so with this monumental Roman-style square in the Plaza Almería. I am convinced that this way we will be even more attractive in those visits of tourists that generate wealth in our town” concludes Raúl Martínez.
During the next few days, and until the end of the International Tourism Fair, those responsible for this area in the Town Hall, Paco Orduña and Carmen Liria, will remain at the fair to attend meetings with tour operators, travel agencies and professionals in the sector, to close new deals and continue attracting tourists over the coming months to Macael.