|May 1999 - The Vice President of the Spanish hotel company
Sol Meliá, Sebastián Escarrer Jaume, has been named as a
member of the Spanish Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.
The appointment of Escarrer took place during the General Assembly of the
International Chamber of Commerce in April and has been supported by the
Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza
and Formentera due to the fact that the Sol Meliá headquarters in
the Balearic Islands.
The main objective of the International Chamber of Commerce, represented
by all of the world’s most important exporters and chambers of commerce,
is the promotion of the defence of free international trade.
The organisation focuses its efforts on ensuring that national authorities
avoid introducing measures that would result in restrictive practises that
would have negative effects on free world trade and trade development.
In this respect, it should be recalled that the International Court
of Arbitration, the body with legislative power on the subject, depends
directly upon the International Chamber of Commerce.
For Sol Meliá, as a figurehead of the Spanish tourism industry,
the appointment implies a clear recognition of the role that the tourism
industry has played and will continue to play in the development of the
world economy. In this respect, Sebastián Escarrer has admitted
that one of his priorities will be “to increase the degree of recognition
of tourism as a major factor in the development of many countries, while
at the same time promoting the Tourism Commission within the framework
of the International Chamber of Commerce”.