Tourism June 8, 2023 | 3:33 am

WTJO, Adompretur and Sodomedi sign ‘World Digital Solidarity Day’ declaration

Ramón Chávez, Andrés Manuel Álvarez, Yenny Polanco Lovera and Miguel Ledhesma at the signing of the 'World Digital Solidarity Day' declaration. (Photo: Adrian R. Morales)

Santo Domingo.– The World Tourism Journalism Organization (WTJO), the Dominican Association of Tourism Press (Adompretur) and the Dominican Society of Digital Media (Sodomedi) signed on June 6 the ‘World Digital Solidarity Day’ declaration, which represents a strategic step that strengthens the objective of raising awareness about digital collaboration in any area.

The agreement recognizes the value of technology in promoting a more just world by encouraging the support, exchange and dissemination of activities and undertakings on websites and social networks.

According to Miguel Ledhesma, WTJO founding director, the motivation for the celebration of the ‘World Digital Solidarity Day’ is “to raise awareness of the importance of managing a humanitarian discourse and practices that promote respect, safety and honesty in digital environments.”

Adompretur president Yenny Polanco Lovera  said that this agreement is a sign that the digital press and tourism specialized journalists “work with the common goal of reporting truthfully, ethically; and, therefore, respecting the different audiences that receive the messages through the different platforms.”

Ramón Chávez, Sodomedi president, also signed this agreement and recommended those present to use the hashtag #SolidaridadDigital in their online media outlets and publications to highlight the day.

The signing of this agreement took place within the framework of the twelfth Congress of the World Tourism Journalism Organization (WTJO), which for the first time was held in Santo Domingo and was attended by tourism journalists from Latin America and the Dominican Republic, who discussed how the media should report in an empathetic manner the media crises generated in the tourism sector.

Yenny Polanco Lovera emphasized that the presence of journalists and communicators in this congress, whose theme was “Empathetic and effective communication in tourism,” is a faithful demonstration “that tourism unites us, that it is important for us to be trained to inform with ethics and truthfulness the events of our sector.”

Salvador Batista, WTJO director general for the Dominican Republic and Adompretur vice president, stated that “this congress was an excellent opportunity to recognize the importance of tourism journalism and how information should be handled through professional ethics and credibility.”


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