The tourism sector has received with astonishment the reasons that the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, has given an interview with Business Insider to deny a specific PERTE to Tourism, because they are diametrically far from the reality that the industry has been repeatedly expressing through national and regional employer associations, and through the mouth of the main leaders of hotel companies, agencies and tour operators.
Valdés assures in this interview that “as a consequence of the indebtedness during the 2 years of the pandemic, the sector affirms that it does not have investment capacity”, a fact contrary to what all the most prominent tourism actors have been proclaiming, who are demanding a PERTE for that Spain, after creating the vacation industry more than half a century ago, can once again be a pioneer in promoting sustainable tourism.
Tourism companies that lack the capacity to invest represent a tiny percentage of the total and are the most linked to the urban segment and those with the least assets and most debt, compared to a majority of the sector that, thanks to almost a decade of record income year after year, year he enjoyed a sufficient cushion to have withstood the crisis.
The astonishment and astonishment that Valdés’ words have generated are also corroborated by the fact that a week earlier the same media outlet published other declarations of his stating that inflation was not going to affect reserves, which last week was flatly denied by the president of the Cehat hotel management, Jorge Marichal.
The sector is stunned when front-line government officials in tourism attribute falsehoods of this depth and make diagnoses that are totally opposite to the realities, since the clamor asking for a specific PERTE for the leading industry in Spain, which has been marginalized in the face of to 11 other smaller sectors, does not have many precedents.
Chains like Riu have already exposed 4 reasons to “bet on NexTourism”, while leaders like Escarrer do not see another sector with such a strategic return. On its side, Hotelbeds appreciates a unique opportunity for a pioneering Spain, in parallel to the fact that NH sees it as an opportunity to qualify and seasonally adjust the sector, since, for example, Catalonia demands it so as not to lose more competitiveness.
Europcar also sees Spanish leadership threatened without regeneration towards sustainability, at the same time that the Group of chains points out 4 factors to include the sector, or that Cehat demands it not to leave the sector aside on such an occasion.
At the regional level, Aehcos defends a plan for mature destinations like Miami did, in line with a Hosbec that breaks down the two plans that could be activated for the sector, or with a Costa Daurada that sees it as ideal for coordinating the public and private sectors.
In the world of agencies, ACAVE calls for aid for the new challenges of digital transformation, while UNAV extols the sector’s “pull” capacity, and CEAV sees “a support mechanism” as vital to invest in the sector, as well as Nautalia remember that “sustainability is fundamental”, or TDCS-Travelport urges to facilitate access to aid for SMEs.
Among the large lobbies of the sector, Exceltur asks to concentrate funds on “few emblematic and ambitious projects”, the Tourism Board estimates the necessary aid at more than €12,000 million, and CEOE shows the marginalization of the sector with European aid.
Regarding the chains with a large presence in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Canary Islands or the Valencian Community, Senator asks for it when specifying the sector for a regeneration, Best guarantees that “if we successfully innovate the Spanish economy will be transformed”, Servigroup supports it “for those who we reside in the destination”, and Labranda calls for financial support for sustainability.