The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said this Monday that the return of Imserso trips is being negotiated with the sector from September with a new call for these tourist packages aimed at the elderly.
The year of the pandemic that shook the foundations of tourism and forces to rethink it
Maroto made this announcement after participating in a meeting with representatives of the tile cluster in Castelló, on the occasion of the presentation of the report on the economic impact of the tile sector, which was also attended by the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the President of Ascer, Vicente Nomdedeu.
The minister has indicated that both the Ministry of Social Policy and the Ministry of Consumption “are working with the sector” to develop “new specifications to improve the tourist experience, which is done safely and make the viability of a program” that can ” improve the experience of the elderly. ”
“If everything goes well, it would be available in September and, if we can bring it forward, it would be great news, since the sector needs that stimulus,” the minister said about the Imserso vacation program.
Maroto added that he shares with the hospitality sector that the second half of the year will be the restart of the tourism sector. In this regard, he pointed out that the Government’s vaccination plan establishes that herd immunity will be achieved throughout the summer, “and that gives a horizon of hope and certainty so that the second semester of 2021 is the time for a reactivation of the tourism sector “.
The head of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has stated that the celebration of Fitur at the end of May is “excellent” news because “it allows us to show the world that Spain and the Valencian Community are synonymous with a quality and safe destination”.
“The pandemic marks the step”
Asked if the Government aspires to “save” Holy Week, the minister has indicated that she never spoke of “saving” Holy Week. “It was a time to place on the agenda the possibility of being able to restart travel safely. The pandemic marks the step for us, we all agree on that, and we must be prudent and not take steps backwards, which can lead us to a new wave, and the consequences for the tourism sector would be, if possible, worse, “he said.
Therefore, Reyes Maroto has stressed that, with this “prudence”, and “seeing how the contagion data improve, with vaccines and whenever epidemiological conditions allow it,” trips will be resumed safely and in coordination with the autonomous communities “so that the steps are taken with prudence, security and thinking that the most important thing is to protect the health of the population.”
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has assured this Monday that the tourist corridors will be used, incorporating the vaccination certificate “as an element of safe mobility.”
Regarding the vaccination passport, he indicated that work is being done within the Government and within the EU and OECD, “leading an initiative to adopt common protocols and generate the confidence that travelers need to recover safe trips” .
“We are working and, as we progress, we will give more information about the groups on which it will be applied, not only to those vaccinated, but to be able to incorporate this vaccination certificate for the mobility of other groups,” he said.