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Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism Reports All Travel Services & Airports to Resume Normal Operation

Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism, Freddy Ehlers has announced that: “The situation has stabilized in Ecuador and all has returned to normal in Ecuador’s main cities where political events took place on Thursday. All businesses have reopened and commercial activities have fully resumed.”
Following is an update from the Ministry of Tourism on the current status of Ecuador’s tourism infrastructure and services:

  • Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil reopened this morning and have both returned to normal operations.
  • All domestic and international flight services in and out of Ecuador have resumed
  • Public transportation in Quito, as well as taxis, trolleybuses, and buses are fully functioning.

  • All tourism related services have returned to normal operation.

  • The areas of Quito and Guayaquil affected by the events were relatively small and show little to no sign of damage.

  • No hotels were damaged in the events.

  • All foreign travelers in Ecuador are safe and unharmed.

“We are working hand in hand with the travel industry and providing support to tour operators, travel agencies and airlines in order to allow for their clients to continue on with their travel plans with no further interruptions. Ecuadorians are peace loving and warm hearted people who are eager to share their country with all those who visit. We reassure travellers that Ecuador is a safe and welcoming destination where they will be received with open arms,” said Minister Ehlers, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador.

He further added: “The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador will put a new National Strategy of Tourism Security into effect in early 2011 with the participation and support of several NGOs, as well as the private and public tourism sectors. This initiative will ensure that travellers feel even more secure and well looked after while travelling across the country with free tourism assistance and services in key areas, as well as easy access to information and the latest news, and new security measures at airports and other transportation hubs.”

The Minister is accepting interviews. Please contact Sara del Nozel on the number below to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Sara del Nozel

Ecuador Ministry of Tourism – UK Office

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