Before getting into international politics, what will the first Summit (still in the making) on the tourism sector mean for the future attraction of major foreign investment in Latin America?
The objective of this important event is to bring together ministers, authorities of tourism and commercial companies, as well as financial institutions that support the development of the Americas with the aim of contributing to the economic growth of the countries that make up this geographical area. All these stakeholders will develop and promote a plan of action that will help to attract investment.
It will be held on 07 and 08 February and the idea is to do so every year. The Forum of the Americas, an independent institution that brings together the efforts and initiatives of the countries and leaders of the tourism industry, will also be presented. We will put into practice the adoption of institutionalised public-private partnerships for the social, economic, and cultural development of these countries, though, as I say, the promotion of good practices to stimulate the growth of tourism activity is the main priority.
Similarly, both organisations, Tourism and Society Think Tank and the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom, want to promote the exploratory-descriptive qualitative study of the institutional capacities of tourism management and thus promote the design, development, and implementation of tourism policies in the different territories.
What is your relationship with Ron DeSantis, the current governor of Florida since 2019 and who has just launched his candidacy for the White House?
I direct a leading think tank, the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom at Florida International University, created by the Florida State Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis. We aim to inform, influence, and inspire current and future leaders in the development and implementation of innovative public policies to promote economic freedom and prosperity.
We try to provide our students with the tools to think critically about the importance of democracy and the free market system, not to indoctrinate them, but to let them know how a free-market system works. We have many academic programmes. For example, every semester, we bring to the Center four former public servants, who have served at the highest levels of government from all over the world, to teach and mentor our students.
We also organise public events, conferences, workshops, debates, research projects, and rigorous empirical studies to support decision-making. You asked me about Governor DeSantis. I can tell you that he is a brilliant man who has done an extraordinary job as governor of Florida and who has a very clear vision for the direction of our country. He knows how to handle himself very well on the international stage.