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Governor defends his trip to Spain

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Monday defended his trip to Spain, where he said he has a “busy schedule at the International Tourism Fair.”

“This is my second participation in the International Tourism Fair that is held in Madrid every year,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “I was there, I participated in the fair last year and we had concrete achievements; for example, some agreements were signed with Iberia -- the frequency of flights increased, Iberia marketed Puerto Rico throughout Europe -- and we also announced at that time that Toro Verde, which is an entity that has a tourist facility in the Orocovis area, is going to be establishing a similar facility in Castilla. If I remember correctly it is in the Toledo area. Those two announcements were made last year and I took advantage of it and met with the top executive officers of various Spanish companies doing business in Puerto Rico. This year it’s continuity. It is very important that one not only goes once to a fair like this and meets with the main executives of companies that are investing in Puerto Rico, but that this effort continues year after year because that is what makes the difference.”

“This year, again, I will have meetings with the most senior managers of Spanish companies in the areas of infrastructure and energy, because in both areas we need investment from abroad, by companies that contribute to the reconstruction that is underway and the transformation that is underway,” Pierluisi said. “That’s the work plan. In due course we will be sharing my agenda because the agenda is very busy.”

The governor said he did not know the details of trips to Spain made by some legislators.

“Lawmakers have to report on their own itinerary,” he said. “I don’t have details of those trips. From what I’ve seen in the media, they’re in Barcelona.”

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