Quito, a resilient city

QUITO, A RESILIENT CITY

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a test to all cities and their capability to address, first the spread of the virus, and second, their ability to recover and adapt to the new normal.

 

Since mid-March, Ecuador has been in lockdown. During this time, the hotels in Quito have implemented the sanitary recommendations issued by both, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization in order to maintain their operations running without risking the health of guests or the staff.

 

The main hotels in Quito did not stop operating. There was a commitment from more than 70 hotels, of different categories, to open their doors and welcome all Ecuadorians returning to the country from all over the world and comply with the non-negotiable two-week quarantine ordered by the authorities.

 

This situation has enabled all hotels to have the expertise to handle the new normal with additional biosafety measures to receive safely domestic and international after the Mariscal Sucre International Airport resumed operations on June 1 under strict sanitary protocols.

 

The easing of the travel restrictions and as the world gradually starts emerging from quarantine, Quito´s MICE industry is more committed than ever to prepare itself to face this new stage of tourism.

                                                                                     

In 2019, Quito was ranked as by the ICCA as one of the leading destinations for meeting and conventions, with the spot #11. This has motivated Quito´s MICE industry to develop new strategies, and event formats to re-ignite and re-shape the city´s MICE industry in order to highlight Quito as a preferred and leading MICE destination, despite the cancellation and postponement of events this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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