The automotive industry rejects 70% of its PERTE while tourism cries out for one | Hotel News, rss1

The automotive industry has left 70 percent of its PERTE funds deserted, in parallel with the fact that the tourism sector practically in unison, with a cohesion that was not remembered, cries out for not being marginalized from these plans to channel European aid.

This circumstance has been revealed this Saturday in Pontevedra by the president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, at the opening ceremony of his party’s political course, where he stated that “we must seek a strategy for European funds that really boosts our economy. It is not possible that being Spain the second assembler country in Europe, more than 70 percent of the PERTE of the automotive industry has been deserted”.

Feijóo had already proposed at the beginning of summer in Benidorm (Alicante) a decalogue of measures to boost the tourism sector, which included a specific PERTE endowed with 12,000 million euros, as well as a reinforcement of Imserso (Feijóo launches its tourism decalogue in Benidorm including a PERTE and reinforce the Imserso).

Ford had surprised a few days ago with the renunciation of the aid already allocated from the PERTE program (Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation), essentially focused on promoting the manufacture of electric cars in Spain, and announced that it was preparing to manufacture its new vehicles electricity in Almussafes without these aids.

The tourism sector had welcomed 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 assured 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 holiday 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 sector is stunned that 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 first 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 Grouping of chains points out 4 factors to include the sector, or that Cehat calls for 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 in 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.

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