One of the sectors hardest hit by the health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus is tourism. Faced with this situation, the Government has announced the reopening of the borders to foreign tourists on July 1, while the reactivation of national tourism by regions is being considered.
The Pedro Sánchez Government advocates that border controls and travel restrictions on the European Union they are raised in areas that have an epidemiological situation “that evolves positively”, with the aim of guaranteeing health security throughout the territory and avoiding the risks of a flare-up.
“We would like to see the reopening of borders not only by country, but also by region. We are committed to making a gradual, coordinated and non-discriminatory opening between territories with a similar epidemiological situation that allows us to avoid the risks of regrowth “, indicated the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, during the press conference this Tuesday after the Council of Ministers.
In addition, he has defended that the position of Spain is that common rules be defined to regain freedom of movement within the European Union, advocating to establish security guarantees at destination and origin. “We want to guarantee that tourists take no risk and that they do not bring risks to our country either, ”said Maroto.
Furthermore, it has insisted that countries must guarantee sanitary capacity and transparency with travelers, in addition to addressing a “coordinated and regional” approach.
“The virus knows no borders and therefore it is preferable that zones that are in the same evolution pandemic is treated in the same way, “said the minister.
As the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, advanced last weekend, the Minister has confirmed that there will be tourist season this summer, with the entry of foreign tourists resuming in July, and has encouraged Spaniards to plan their vacations, ensuring that many will be able to travel from the end of June.
In addition, it has defended that the measure adopted on the mandatory quarantine for foreign travelers, which will be lifted in July, responded to the need not to “ruin the houses” imported from outside with the de-escalation.
‘Spain awaits you’
In this sense, it has confirmed for next Friday the convening of the tourism sector conference with the cautonomous communities, as Sánchez had announced after the meeting with the regional presidents on Sunday, to work “in a coordinated manner in the de-escalation within the framework of co-governance.”
In addition, the minister has reported that it will be launched in the coming days a national and international promotional campaign which continues the one that started weeks ago with the slogan ‘Spain awaits you’, with the aim of reinforcing the link with the main issuing markets. «Our strengths will be trust, security and, as always, hospitality “, he remarked.