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The Federal Spine Meeting will be held in September in the city of Termas de Río Hondo and might be regarded as the first face-to-face meetings tourism in Argentina to mark the gradual reopening of the activity in the near future.

To move forward in the meetings tourism field, INPROTUR’s Executive Secretary Ricardo Sosa met in his office in Buenos Aires with Dr. Felipe Lanari, Chairman of the Argentine Society of Spine Pathology, the entity that sponsors this event at the national level, which is organized by the Northwest of Argentina branch of the entity. Also present in the meeting were Fernando Gorbarán, Chairman of the Argentine Association of Organizers and Suppliers of Exhibitions, Congresses, Events and Convention Bureaux (AOCA), Juan Mejías, Chairman of the Termas de Río Hondo Convention Bureau and Pablo Sismanian, INPROTUR’s Product Director. 

In the meeting, Sosa referred to the support that Gerardo Zamora, Governor of Santiago del Estero, gives to this major event, scheduled for September 24 and 25, 2021 in a face-to-face format “as long as the health conditions at the time permit it”.  “For Argentina, it is of major importance to start scheduling these events in the mid-term and sustain the meetings tourism sector, which in the last years has given our country a privileged position at the international level”, Sosa added.

In this respect, Dr. Lanari highlighted the need to organize this type of events in the medicine field and added that these Federal Meeting might become not only the kickoff for reactivating the sector “but also an example for this new era, as most of the participating physicians have been vaccinated and are among those who are most aware of and respect the health biosecurity measures in effect at the moment”

Gorbarán pointed out that “we are all aware of the situation we are going through in our country and in the whole world and we are going to keep supporting all the measures officially adopted. At the same time, we are also planning with a mid and long-term vision, considering, however, that the situation might change in the future. In this context, the work done by these entities with INPROTUR is of paramount importance to bring about the right work environment for the recovery process of our country, as the required health protocols have been developed and authorized at the national level to hold this type of events”

As the head of the Termas de Río Hondo Convention Bureau, Mejías talked about the accommodation, variety of services and tourism facilities that the city can offer, and said he is willing to help the Society “to carry out joint and conscientious work in this connection”

Finally, Dr. Lanari recalled the successful Argentine Congress of Spine Surgery held in Termas de Río Hondo a few years ago, which constituted a positive prior step to choose this city one more time for another event in the medical field in Argentina. 

Both Sosa and Gorbarán guaranteed they will keep working with the entity to organize the Argentine Spine Congress to be held in October in the city of Buenos Aires.

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