Group photograph of the attendees and authorities present at the official opening of the International Meeting of Rectors ‘University, Territory and Sustainable Tourism’ courtesy of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University.

The Compostela Group of Universities is organising the International Meeting of Rectors ‘University, Territory and Sustainable Tourism’ from 19 to 20 May with the collaboration of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University and the General Directorate of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands.  

The Rectorate of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University (ULPGC) hosted this morning the opening ceremony for the International Meeting of Rectors ‘University, Territory and Sustainable Tourism’ of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU). The event was chaired by Yaiza Castilla, the Regional Minister of Tourism, Industry and Trade of the Government of the Canary Islands; Lluís Serra Majem, the Rector of the ULPGC; Marek Kręglewski, the President of the GCU; and Alberto Cabré, the President of the University Foundation of Las Palmas.

The president of the CGU expressed his hope that the next two days would be “academically rewarding” for the attendees and representatives of the network’s member universities present at the event and that they would have the opportunity to “enjoy Gran Canaria”.

In his speech as host of the event, the rector of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University highlighted the role of research carried out in the Canary Islands.

For her part, Regional Minister Yaiza Castilla alluded to the central theme of the event and stressed the importance of achieving a zero-carbon level in all tourism processes, as well as committing to more sustainable tourism, with longer and more sustainable stays in the archipelago. “Topics that will undoubtedly be the subject of debate at this meeting, to preserve the environment, support the fight against climate change and advance in the sustainability of tourism, our main economic engine in the Canary Islands”.

As the president of the University Foundation of Las Palmas, Cabré highlighted the value of public-private collaboration and the actions that advocate for the employability of university students. He then addressed the attendees to give them a warm welcome “from the shadow of the volcano of La Palma”.

II International Meeting of Rectors of the CGU

This second meeting promoted by the network brings together 30 rectors and representatives from 14 member universities, as well as three higher education institutions that may soon join the network. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in debates about tourism from the perspective of sustainability, territorial integration, digitalisation and diversification.

Moreover, tomorrow they will sign the Declaration of Presidents and Rectors ‘Camino de Santiago between volcanoes’, through which they will express their institutional commitment to better management of the territory and sustainable tourism, supporting the value and potential of the tourist-cultural itinerary of the Canary Islands. A declaration promoted by the General Directorate of Tourism Planning and Promotion of the Government of the Canary Islands, which promotes the construction of an initiative such as the Camino de Santiago entre volcanes, with its own entity from a historical and cultural perspective.

The academic programme is complemented by cultural activities such as a walk through the historic centre of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with the official chronicler Juan José Laforet, or a cooking workshop with local products given by professionals from the public company Hoteles Escuelas de Canarias (Hecansa). Likewise, after the signing of the aforementioned declaration, the participants will complete the Ventana del Nublo hike and attend a Gomeran whistle exhibition.

 

Access to the photo album of the II International Meeting of Rectors.