Joan Mesquida, former Secretary of State for Tourism, dies


Born in the Mallorcan municipality of Felanitx in 1962, Mesquida himself announced his illness on March 15 through his official Twitter account: “For a month I have been being treated for cancer at the Son Espases Public Hospital in Mallorca. I can tell you that yesterday’s applause for health professionals I multiply by infinity. My thanks for your professionalism, attention, humanity. I get excited!”.

Joan Mesquida graduated in Political Science and Sociology and Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and developed an extensive political career. For several years he was a member of the PSOE and held both autonomous and national positions. He was currently active in Citizens and he was the coordinator and spokesperson for the autonomous committee of this party in the Balearic Islands until a few weeks ago.

Between 1999 and 2003 he was Minister of Finance of the Balearic Government with President Francesc Antich. Later he made the leap to national politics where he held various responsibilities. It was Director General of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Defense with José Bono, and general director of the Police and Civil Guard with Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.

Joan Mesquida.

In April 2008 he was appointed Secretary of State for Tourism. An organism that two years later would be transformed into General Secretariat of Tourism and Domestic Trade. This period coincided with a strong economic crisis, in which it opted for the diversification of the tourist offer.

In 2018, Joan Mesquida decided to leave the PSOE after 32 years of membership, with which he also left the position of general director of Tourism and Strategic Projects in Calvià Town Hall, one of the main tourist municipalities of Majorca, ruled by the Socialists.

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