The tourist businessmen of Benidorm (Alicante) have confessed to Felipe VI and Doña Letizia that they consider the summer to be “lost” and that many of the shops, bars and restaurants are going to “take turns” and will not be able to arrive next year.
Thus they have been transferred to the kings in a meeting of just over an hour in the tourist capital of Alicante, Costa Blanca, the main representatives of the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV) and unions, in a meeting where the economic situation of the Valencian Community after the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19).
The president of the hoteliers of Benidorm and the Valencian Community (Hosbec), Toni Mayor, has exposed to Don Felipe and Doña Letizia that “summer is taken for granted, lost,” although they have little hope that from August climbed slightly with the arrival of British tourists and the rest of Spain.
“Today things are not looking good because there has been a very strong psychological impact” of the health crisis on potential visitors, which makes the sector “not expect joy” during the current summer period.
Hoteliers, according to the president of the employers, have “kidney” to hold for the moment but for this they need “the support of the Government” through “improved ERTEs”, where this figure “does not cost the companies so much money.”
Mayor, who has stressed that the queen has been especially concerned with the businesses that will be forced to close, has indicated that Felipe IV has taken an interest in the efforts to achieve tourist seasonality.
The under-financing of tourist towns and the situation of other economic sectors have also been discussed at the meeting at the Belroy hotel.
The president of the Valencian hoteliers has assured that they are “delighted” with the visit of the monarchs because it is “an act of normality that is necessary because there are still many frightened people.”
After the appointment, the kings have verified in person the situation of the businesses in this sector during a walk of about 300 meters along the promenade of the Levante beach, where they have stopped on several occasions to greet hundreds of people from a distance .
The business and union meeting was attended by the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, the Minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Duque, the President of the CEV and Vice President of CEOE, Salvador Navarro, the Presidents of CEV-Valencia, Eva Blasco, and Castellón, Sebastián Pla, and the aforementioned Toni Mayor, vice president of CEV.
Among others, also the presidents of the Entrepreneurs of Transport and Logistics (FVET), Francisco Corell, of the Valencia Metalworker, Vicente Lafuente, of the Ceramic Tiles and Pavements, Vicente Nomdedéu, and of the Chemistry, Miguel Burdeos, as well as the secretary Autonomous General of CCOO, Luis Arturo León, and the Deputy Secretary General of UGT-PV, Juan Carlos Faubel.
Subsequently, the kings were accompanied by the Government delegate in the Community, Gloria Calero, the president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, the mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez, and the Minister of Public Administration and Justice, Gabriela Bravo, among others.