Three months of restrictions and closures due to corona-virus pandemic results in the loss of billions. To help the country’s tourism industry regain from the economic fallout of the epidemic, the Spanish government has disclosed a €4.2 billion aid package.
The epidemic has paralyzed the tourism industry with around €80 billion euros of losses. So, Spain intent to reopen its borders next week to visitors from the EU, including the UK.
The package comes at a critical time for a sector that accounts for 12 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Airlines will be provided by the initiatives with bonuses to travel to Spain in an attempt to draw the greatest figure of global visitors. ‘This is an instant assist arrangement for tourism’, says Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez.
He also added, ‘We are a global leader and each step we take will be risk-free. It is of great value to the image and reputation of our country.’
Tourism Package Plan Released
The government for tourism operators offered credit guarantees of which most of the package is made, for about €2.49 billion euros.
The key features of the plan include unify Spain as a safe destination. Encouraging organizations in the sector; improving the competitiveness of the tourism business. And using marketing means to boost global and national tourism; and building tourism power.
Mr. Sanchez said. ‘We hope this is going to assist bring about the quickest achievable improvement of air traffic to our country.’ The resource package will also include cash transfers to the state-controlled airport operator to cut landing fees and other charges.
With more than 80 percent of travelers to the country arriving by plane, the tourism industry of Spain is heavily dependent on-air arrivals.
Suspending mortgage payments for up to 12 months and grant aid for health. safety measures and training for workers, are the measures the government is providing to help the companies.
To lead the way in resuming tourism, The World Tourism Organization has welcomed Spain’s willingness.
Will Tourism be the Same Post Pandemic?
The head of the United Nations specialized agency, Zurab Pololikashvili, said: ‘Spain can send a powerful message to the rest of the world. By restarting tourism, and doing so in a liable way that protects the most vulnerable while protecting jobs and economic growth.’
He also added, ‘The country has long been a worldwide tourism leader, and I thank President Sanchez for stepping up and setting an example for other countries to follow.’
After all of these measures taken, is it really safe to travel to Spain this summer? For the time being, the Foreign Office suggests against all non-essential global traveling including to Spain.
You may find it difficult to get aid from the embassy or consulate if things go wrong, because traveling during pandemic might invalidate your travel insurance.
Arancha González Laya, foreign minister of Spain said, ‘after the country re-opens to worldwide travelers on 21st June, Spain is thinking to implement quarantine measures for UK tourists.’