8 November - 9 November 2023
Montevideo - Uruguay

34th IFTTA Conference

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Hyatt Centric Montevideo, Uruguay


8 November 2022


9 November 2022

Uruguay and Montevideo

Uruguay, a South American gem, is known for its serene landscapes, inclusive society, and a rich cultural heritage that blends European, African, and indigenous influences. With its charming capital city of Montevideo, Uruguay offers a captivating blend of history, modernity, and natural beauty along its picturesque coastline.

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is a vibrant coastal metropolis nestled along the shores of the Rio de la Plata. With its historic Ciudad Vieja district, characterized by cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, it pays homage to its colonial past. This bustling city is also known for its inclusive society, rich cultural diversity, and a stunning waterfront promenade, the Rambla, offering breathtaking views and recreational opportunities.


IFTTA Annual Conference

The 34th IFTTA annual conference shall be taking place in URUGUAY, and it is set for Wednesday 8 November 2023 until Thursday 9 November 2023. The conference will be held in the Hyatt Centric in Montevideo. This year's conference is an international colloquium on Tourism law which organised by the Ministry of Tourism of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay in collaboration with IFTTA and UNWTO. Further information and more details with regard to the Conference, registration and participation will be published on this page.

Speakers: Those who would like to present a paper, kindly inform IFTTA so that we could start planning the agenda of speakers.

Accommodation: There are several hotels suggested by the conference organisation, including the Hyatt Centric, Hotel Costenaro and Hotel Cala di Volpe. Members are requested to make their choice for the hotel on the registration form.

Flights: There are several direct flights to Montevideo. Please consult the airline or your travel agent for the best schedules and fares. You need to book the flights well in advance.

We encourage anyone who is interested in attending the IFTTA annual conference to share ideas, tips and other information or ask questions using the IFTTA Member group on Google.

Conference organisers
This conference is organised by
Dr. Ignacio Curbelo - Director General of Secretariat Uruguay Ministry of Tourism
Academic Coordinators:
Dr. Julio Facal - University of the Republic of Uruguay
Dr. Javier Melgosa Arcos - University of Salamanca


Dear IFTTA member

It is a great pleasure for the Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay to greet you all and begin this relationship with your prestigious forum promoting a positive academic exchange that will surely be very useful for both of us.

The Legal Observatory created by this Ministry has the ongoing tasks of investigating the different comparative law regimes, promoting academic exchange with different universities, as well as developing areas that allow the enrichment of tourism legislation.

In this sense, it will be a great pleasure for our country to receive such distinguished colleagues on the occasion of the Conferences to be held from the 8th - 10th of November in our country.

We especially thank Dr. Julio Facal for putting us in touch and for preparing and coordinating the program of the Conference and subsequent Assembly.

With our best efforts we will be offering the most adequate stage to develop these events successfully, making this opportunity a valuable instance to work and connect with professionals from Latin America and Europe from our sector while enjoying the hospitality of our people and landscapes of our country.

Looking forward to meeting you here,

Best regards,

Ignacio Curbelo

Director General
Uruguay Ministry of Tourism

If you require a formal invitation letter you can download it here:

If you require a personal invitation letter, please contact the IFTTA President.

Event Schedule

Please note that the times, moderators and speakers may change. You can download the latest program here.

Day 1

Wednesday 8 November 2023
08:00-09:00 Accreditation

Opening ceremony

Mr Tabaré Viera (Minister of Tourism of Uruguay)
Dr Ignacio Curbelo (Director of Tourism of Uruguay)
Dr Julio Facal (University of the Republic Uruguay)
Mrs Alicia Gomez (Legal Director UNWTO)


The tourist administration. Public policies towards sustainable tourism

Dr Eduardo Sanguinetti (Advisor Ministry of Tourism Uruguay)

Prof. Francisco Javier Melgosa Arcos (University of Salamanca)
Dr Gonzalo Casanova Ferro (UBA, IFTTA)
Prof. Mateo Estrella (University of Cuenca)
Prof. Gabriela Campodónico (Professor with a degree in Tourism)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

The protection of tourists in the face of tourism crises. The UNWTO International Code as a tool and other aspects

Mrs. Doris Rodriguez - Ministry of Tourism 

Mrs Alicia Gomez (Legal Director UNWTO)
Dr Julio Facal (University of the Republic Uruguay, IFTTA)
Dr Ignacio Curbelo (Ministry of Tourism Uruguay)
Dr Jaqueline Tanti Dougal (IFTTA President)


Challenges of the business sector and destinations in the face of a new tourism

Mr Sergio Antonio Herrera (Portal of America)

Mrs Marina Cantera (President Chamber of Tourism of Uruguay, FEDESUD)
Mrs Graciela Caffera (Destination Punta del Este)
Mr Fernando Tapia (Asociación Turística de Colonia)
Mr Arnaldo Nardone (Advisor Ministry of Tourism)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

The protection of tourists in the contracting of tourist

Mrs Antonia Paniza Fullana (Univ. of the Balearic Islands, IFTTA)


Dr Enrique Falco (Commercial University of the Republic)
Prof. Patricia Benavides Velazco (Malaga University, Spain)
Prof. Inmaculada González Cabrera (University of Las Palmas, Spain)
Timothy J. Law (Heifetz, Crozier, Law, Canada, IFTTA)

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

Technological changes in commercial contracting; its impact on the company and the challenges facing tourist protection

Mrs Patricia Benavides Velazco (Malaga University)

Mr Alejandro Miller Artola (University of the Republic Uruguay)
Mrs Antonia Paniza Fullana (University of the Balearic Islands, IFTTA)
Mr Alvaro Moré (Director Young & Rubicam)
Prof. Andrej Micovic. University of Kragujevac, Serbia, IFTTA)


Travel agencies, air transport and airports as strategic partners: legal challenges

Mr. Gonzalo Casanova Ferro - UBA, Argentina

Mrs Sandra Arcos Valcárcel. (UBA, Advisor FAEVYT, AVIABUE)
Dr Marcelo Oliveira. Avab Brazil. IFTTA.
Mr Diego Gonzalez (Argentina Airports 2000)
Mrs Yudith Castillo (Legal Advisor Punta Cana Group)
Mr Gonzalo Yelpo. (L2B Aviation, Partner of Yelpo and Facal Abogados, IFTTA)

20:00 Welcome cocktail (for newly arrived conference attendees) & Closing cocktail (for the first day participants)
All IFTTA members, exhibitors and colloquium moderators  are invited.
(Courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism)

Day 2

Thursday 9 November 2023
09:00-09:15 Opening

Work by Tourism Doctor Students

Mr Carlos Pou (Student UDELAR)


Of good practices in tourism

Mrs Gimena Chiazzaro (Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism)

Dr Laura Porta. (UDELAR)
Dr Enrique Moller (UDELAR)
Dr Santiago Aramburu (UBA)
Prof. Enrique Mota (University of the Caribbean, IFTTA)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

The promotion and municipal management of tourist resources

Mr Francisco Rodriguez (AHRU President)

Mr Martin Labenture (Tourism Director of Maldonado)
Dr Marcelo Alegre (Assistant Prof. Tax Law UDELAR)
Dr Pablo Cruz (Advisor to the IM Maldonado, Claeh University)
Prof. Humberto Goszalbez (University of Córdoba)


The problems of tourist accommodation in the face of digital platforms. A global perspective.


Prof. Eugenio del Busto (University of Quilmes Argentina, IFTTA)
Prof. Pilar Juana García Saura (University of Murcia)
Dr Alba Marina Russo (Legal Advisor ASONHAORES)
Dr Ezequiel Vazquez (CAT Argentina)
Mr Eugenio del Busto (University of Quilmes, University of Almería, IFTTA)

13:00-13:30 Close & closing ceremony
Ceremony lead by Mr Ignacio Curbelo (Director Ministry of Tourism)
15:30-18:00 City tour Montevideo
Optional, sponsored/organised by the Ministry of Tourism).
Departure from Hyatt Centric Montevideo.
20:30 Closing dinner
For exhibitors, moderators and IFTTA-members at the Restaurant El Puesto Parrilla Tradicional.
Courtesy Ministry of Tourism

Day 3 (optional post-tour)

Friday 10 November 2023
15:00 Panoramic Group photo at Las Letras
15:30 Transfer to Punta del Este
Departure from Hyatt Centric Montevideo


Tour in Museo Taller de Casapueblo
Enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine

19:30 Check-in at the hotel of your choice
21:00 Dinner at the I'marangatú Restaurant & Beach Club

Day 4 (optional post tour)

Saterday 11 November 2023
10:00 Guided tour of Punta del Este (Puerto, rambla, Calle 20)
12:20 Group photo at Los Dedos
13:00 Lunch at Wine lodge Narbona - Punta del Este
15:00 Visit the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry
17:30 Enjoy typical waffles at Salón de Té de L’Auberge - Punta del Este
19:00 Return to your hotel
21:00 Dinner at Muelle 3 Restaurant - Punta del Este

Day 5 (optional post tour)

Sunday 12 November 2023
09:00 Transfer from Punta del Este to Montevideo (Carrasco International Airport)

Optional tour to Punta del Este
(Day 3-5)

The tour to Puenta del Este is optional for each participant. The tour price is USD 260 per person, including transfers between Montevideo and Punta del Este v.v., transfers within Punta del Este, lunch, dinners and the tour program. The tour price does not include the costs of the hotel. The preselected hotels you can choose from are:

Grand Hotel ***** - Punta del Este
Ocean view junior category USD 270 incl. breakfast

Awa Hotel **** - Punta del Este
Superior room USD 130 incl. breakfast

Hotel Solerios **** - Punta del Este
Single room USD 90 incl. breakfast

The tour and the hotels are booked by the conference organisor after you submit the registration form. Prices are per room. Local taxes may apply.

Conference Registration

IFTTA members who want to attend this conference are requested to fill out the registration form. Attending the conference is free for IFTTA members. However, the hotel of your choice in Montevideo and the costs of the post-tour (tour price and the hotel of your choice) will be billed to you separately.

You can choose from the following pre selected hotels by the conference organisor, or book your own

Hotel Hyatt Centric****, Montevideo
Room incl. breakfast USD 129 per night

Hotel Costanero*****, Montevideo
Room incl. breakfast USD 115 per night

Hotel Cala Di Volpe****, Montevideo
Room incl. breakfast USD 90 per night

Your conference participation and the hotels are booked by the conference organisor after you submit the registration form. Prices are per room. Local taxes may apply.

Our speakers and moderators (incl. papers and presentations)

Information may be added continuously
  • Mr Tabaré Viera - Minister of Tourism of Uruguay
  • Mrs Alicia Gomez - Legal Director of UNWTO.
  • Dr Julio Facal - UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay), CIPT OMT Expert, IFTTA
  • Dr Ignacio Curbelo – Ministerio de Tourismo, Uruguay
  • Dr Jaqueline Tanti Dougall - Tanti-Dougall & Associates (Malta), President of IFTTA
  • Mr Sergio Antonio Herrera - Portal de America
  • Mrs Marina Cantera - President of the Chamber of Tourism of Uruguay and FEDESUD (Federación Sudamericana de Turismo)
  • Mrs Graciela Caffera - Vice president Destino Punta del Este
  • Mr Fernando Tapia - Vice president Asociación Turística de Colonia, Uruguay
  • Mr Arnaldo Nardone - Advisor Ministry of Tourism
  • Dr Antonia Paniza Fullana – UIB (Iniversitat de les Illes Balears, Spain), IFTTA
  • Prof. Pilar Juana García Saura - Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
  • Dr Beatriz Bugallo - UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Mr Álvaro Moré - Director Young & Rubicam
  • Prof Inmaculada González Cabrera - ULPGC (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
  • Mrs Patricia Benavides Velazco - Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
  • Mr Alejandro Miller Artola - UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Mrs Cinthya Cortés - ARAV (Asociación Rosarina de Agencias de Viajes, Argentina), IFTTA
  • Mrs Sandra Arcos Valcárcel - UBA (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), Advisor FAEVYT (Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Empresas de Viajes y Turismo), AVIABUE (Asociación de Agencias de Viajes y Turismo de Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Mr Diego Gonzalez - Argentina Airports 2000
  • Mrs Yudith Castillo - Legal Director Grupo Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
  • Mr Gonzalo Yelpo - L2B Aviation, Partner of Yelpo and Facal Abogados, IFTTA
  • Mr Marcelo Oliveira - AVAB (Associação Brasileira de Agências de Viagens), IFTTA
  • Mr Timothy J. Law - Heifetz, Crozier, Law, IFTTA
  • Dr Santiago Aramburu - UBA (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Mr Martin Labenture - Tourism Director of Maldonado (Uruguay)
  • Dr Marcelo Alegre - Assistant Prof. Tax Law UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Dr Pablo Cruz - Advisor to the IM Maldonado, CLAEH Universidad.
  • Prof. Humberto Goszalbez - University of Córdoba (Spain)
  • Cr Juan Martinez - AHRU (Asociación de Hoteles y Restaurantes del Uruguay).
  • Mr Roberto Amengual - Vice President AHT (La Asociación de Hoteles de Turismo de la República Argentina)
  • Dr Alba Marina Russo - Legal Advisor ASONHAORES (Asociación de Hoteles y Turismo de la República Dominicana)
  • Dr Ezequiel Vazquez - CAT (Cámara Argentina de Turismo)
  • Mr Eugenio del Busto - Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (Argentina). UDA (Universidad de Almería, Spain), IFTTA
  • Mr Fransisco Rodriguez - AHRU president (Asociación de Hoteles y Restaurantes del Uruguay)
  • Prof. Mateo Estrella - UCUENDA (Universidad de Cuenca, Equador), Advisor Equador Min. of Tourism
  • Prof. Francisco Javier Melgosa Arcos - Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
  • Prof. Gabriela Campodónico - CURE (Centro Universitario Regional del Este), UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Dr Gonzalo Casanova Ferro - UBA (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), IFTTA
  • Dr Enrique Falco - Associate Professor D Commercial UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Mrs Gimena Chiazzaro. Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism, National Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Girls, Boys and Adolescents
  • Dr Laura Porta - UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Dr Enrique Moller - UDELAR (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Prof. Enrique Mota Flores - Carribean University

If you are also interested in presenting a paper during the IFTTA World International Conference, please send the details of your paper to our president or submit the details of your paper to the Google Member Group instead.


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