I SAY IT TIME AND AGAIN

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It is a cau­se for ce­le­bra­ti­on that mo­re than two hun­dred ho­te­li­ers in Ma­drid ha­ve de­ci­ded to make the Mu­seo del Pra­do news­pa­per avai­la­ble for their cli­ents, with a cir­cu­la­ti­on of 100,000 co­pi­es in Spa­nish and En­glish, an art ga­llery that re­cei­ved last ye­ar mo­re than 3 mi­lli­on vi­si­tors, way mo­re vi­si­tors than so­me small En­glishs­pe­aking is­lands of the Ca­rib­be­an re­cei­ve such as the Vir­gin Is­lands or Bar­ba­dos.

As though they we­re re­a­ding my pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle: “Pa­se­an­do por Ma­drid se vi­ve el arte” (Walking around Ma­drid is how you li­ve art), in which, among ot­her things that I mis­sed to say, I men­ti­o­ned how litt­le is being do­ne for Ma­drid la­bel ot­her than that of the vi­o­let flower, and the­re is no pos­si­ble way one can agree with the po­li­ci­es of that city coun­cil. At the end of the day, we are al­most the last ones in Eu­ro­pe to ke­ep the chan­ging of the guard ce­re­mony in a royal pa­la­ce.

At le­ast, Ibe­ria Ex­press has an­noun­ced that they will pla­ce in the front of their A 320s prin­tings of works that are ex­hi­bi­ted in the mu­seums of the Pa­seo del Arte, and fi­nally we will ha­ve a Vi­di co­de to allow the pas­sen­gers to down­lo­ad a free ap­pli­ca­ti­on avai­la­ble in ni­ne lan­gua­ges, with twenty-four mas­ter­pi­e­ces, and al­so being able to en­joy a diptych on­bo­ard with in­for­ma­ti­on on how to vi­sit the collec­ti­ons.

Be­cau­se cul­tu­ral tou­rism is a world trend, and he who do­es not want to see this is doing like the os­trich, by hi­ding his he­ad in the sand when ne­glec­ting the risks of a mis­ma­na­ge­ment of the “smoke­less” in­dustry.

We should turn our eyes to the Ame­ri­cas whe­re the Mi­nistry of Tou­rism of a country such as Cu­ba de­ci­des that their in­ter­na­ti­o­nal fair should pro­mo­te, on its first day, a tour to a city like Gibara, that has hos­ted for mo­re than a de­ca­de an in­ter­na­ti­o­nal ci­ne­ma fes­ti­val, and ex­tends an in­vi­ta­ti­on to one hell of a fes­ti­val such as Ro­me­ri­as de Mayo, ai­ming to make the tou­rist li­ve fa­ce to fa­ce with one pe­o­ple's cul­tu­re.

I ad­mi­re Ni­ca­ra­gua's Mi­nis­ter of Tou­rism who pro­mo­ted a plan in Ma­drid cha­rac­te­ri­zed by mul­ti­eth­ni­city and di­ver­sity: “our na­ti­on is a country of lakes and vol­ca­no­es, Ru­ben Da­rio's ho­me­land, the lar­gest and sa­fest na­ti­on in Cen­tral Ame­ri­ca that re­qui­res no vi­sa. Who­e­ver co­mes will ha­ve the chan­ce to in­teract with our pe­o­ple and know first hand our cul­tu­re and gas­tro­nomy”.

I wel­co­me the an­noun­ce­ment by Uru­guay about the tou­risty po­ten­ti­al of Ru­ta de la Lec­he, for tho­se who are se­eking for na­tu­re, go­od ty­pi­cal cui­si­ne, and the his­to­ri­cal lo­ok back on the ori­gins of the country. And Chi­le, that has a sus­tai­ned growth of vi­si­tors at the myt­hi­cal Ma­ga­lla­nes re­gi­on, Ca­pe Horn and Tierra del Fuego right in front of the An­tarc­tic, to crack the six-mi­lli­on pla­te­au.

Or Me­xi­co, that in­vi­tes to Ru­ta de Ju­an Rul­fo, and is al­so about to be­co­me the first world power in crui­se ships in the Ca­rib­be­an, be­cau­se in their ports on the Pa­ci­fic Oce­an and the At­lan­tic Oce­an it is ex­pec­ting the ar­ri­val of 2,280 pas­sen­ger ships.

And the icing on the cake: the mi­nis­ters of tou­rism from Pa­ra­guay, Ar­gen­ti­na, Bra­zil, Uru­guay and Bo­li­via inked a let­ter ad­dres­sed to Po­pe Fran­cis­co asking him to de­cla­re Ca­mi­no de los Je­sui­tas, the so ca­lled mul­ti-des­ti­na­ti­on Je­suit Rou­te in South Ame­ri­ca, as of world in­terest.

And even Egypt will pro­mo­te the rou­te of the Sa­cred Fa­mily, which fled from Pa­les­ti­ne two thou­sand ye­ars ago per­se­cu­ted by King He­rod.

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