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Reception of participants and accreditation


Official Opening Session of the IWRT and CITRyS
Father Carlos Cabecinhas, Rector of the Shrine of Fatima;
Purificação Reis, President of the ACISO Board;
Samoel Kozelinski, President of the São José Foundation for Human and Religious Sciences;
Pedro Machado, President of the Centro de Portugal Regional Tourism Promotion Agency;
Anabela Freitas, Vice-President of the Centro Portugal Regional Tourism Authority;
Jorge Brandão, Member of the Steering Committee of the Centro Regional Program;
Carlos Abade, President of Turismo de Portugal;
Rui Melo, Councillor for Tourism and Territorial Development of Guarda Municipality;
Luis Albuquerque, Mayor of Ourém.


Guest Destination - Paraguay

Angie Duarte de Melillo, Minister of Tourism of Paraguay;
Julio Duarte Van Humbeck, Paraguay's Ambassador to Portugal
Javier Ramirez, Director General of Secretaría Nacional de Turismo Paraguay;
Estefania Alderete, representative of DTP Tour Operator;
Olga Fisher, representative of Paraguayan Chamber of Tourism of the Jesuit Misiones - Jesuit Route.



Breaking New Grounds - Artificial Intelligence and Tourism

Moderator: Duarte Alves, Master's student in Data Science and Engineering at the University of Coimbra, Degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto;
Luis Miguel Rato, Professor at the University of Évora, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering;
Marco Daniel Duarte, PhD in Literature, specializing in Art History. Director of the Museum and Study Center of the Shrine of Fatima;
Francisco Rivero (Spain), Journalist specializing in Religious Tourism and honorary president of the Skal Club de Madrid;
Sebastião Villax, Diretor de AI & ML Solutions.




Breaking New Grounds - Proposals for Sustainable Tourism

Moderator: Margarida Franca, Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, PhD in Human Geography;
João Ferrão, retired coordinating researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Member of CNADS (National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development) and of the General Council of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, PhD in Human Geography;
Carlos Costa, Professor at the University of Aveiro, PhD in Tourism, President of the National Tourism Platform, Editor of the Journal of Tourism and Development;
Ruben Moyano (Brasil), Postgraduate in Tourist Routes and Environmental Management. Technical Coordinator of the Route of Faith;
Father Carlos Ayerra, (Spain), Diocesan Priest of Pamplona and Tudela. Episcopal Delegate for the Causes of Saints. Degree in Canon Law. Director of the Pamplona Cathedral Museum;
Pedro Pimpão, President of the Caminhos de Fátima Association.




Presentation of the Jubilee Year in Caravaca de la Cruz.

Pilar Valdes Arroyo (Spain), Tourism Consultant, specializing in cultural and religious tourism and PhD student at the University of Alicante, Spain.


Presentation of a New Argentine Pilgrimage Route / Camino de Santiago

Gustavo Loza (Argentina), professional journalist, graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Obispo Trejo and Sanabria University in the city of Córdoba. Founding member of the Argentine Commission for Religious Tourism;


Closure of work


Breaking New Grounds - How to Communicate Tourism?

Moderator: Leopoldina Simões, Graduated in Social Communication from the University of Beira Interior and in Religious Sciences from the Portuguese Catholic University. Press and Communications Officer;
Santiago Tejedor Calvo (Spain), Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, PhD in Journalism and Communication Sciences. Co-director of the MA in Travel Journalism;
Sandra Cortês-Moreira, PhD candidate in the Interuniversity Doctorate in Communication (University of Huelva/Spain), Master in Educational Communication and Multicultural Education;
Father Miguel Lopes Neto, PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Huelva. Director of Pastoral Tourism in Portugal and of the Information Office of the Diocese of the Algarve.


Youth Project

Maria Agustina Lasgoity (Argentina), Professor of Heritage Conservation and Rehabilitation and of Tourism and Landscape at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the UBA. Director of Proyeto Joven.


Reditur Space

Afonso Carreira (Portugal), member of Reditur.


Presentation of the Network of Religious Tourism Destinations

António Santos del Valle (Spain), President of the Tourism and Society Think Tank and Coordinator of the World Shopping Tourism network.


Presentation of the documentary "Rezar com os Pés"


Presentation of the next CITRyS headquarters

Santiago Cano, Coordinator of the XX International Congress of Religious and Sustainable Tourism.