The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has defended on Tuesday his draft of General Budgets, presented last week in Congress. With regard to its processing, Sanchez has claimed that they are accounts "loaded with social values and great common sense", which will not only help economic growth and job creation, but also allow Spain to meet the deficit targets and public debt committed to Brussels.
Sanchez has taken advantage of the opening of the V Tourism Innovation Forum of the Hotusa hotel group, which is being held in Madrid as a precursor to the Fitur tourism fair, to make a new defense of the public accounts, pending to begin their parliamentary procedure and whose approval depends largely on your political future. In this forum, the president has defended the accounts also in tourist key, saying that the investment in infrastructures, in health, in security and even in training give revenues for a sector that employs more than 2.5 million workers, the 12 % of Social Security affiliates, which represents 11.7% of GDP.
Thus, Sanchez has stated that "strengthening social cohesion and shielding the welfare state are perfectly compatible objectives with economic growth and job creation. Both things can go hand in hand. " And they can be done, in addition, fulfilling the objectives of deficit and public debt committed with the European Commission.
In a forum full of professionals from the tourism sector, he explained that public spending, public investment in infrastructure or security, although not directly focused on tourism, helps the sector to improve. He has set the example of a tourist who feels safe walking through any Spanish city when he sees a police officer or Civil Guard, or who uses modern infrastructure or who is treated "by one of the best health systems in the world" if he has some mishap
Finally, he has argued that tourism "has been a real lifesaver for hundreds of thousands of Spaniards" during the crisis, since it has been a sector that has grown and created employment even when "others could not". "Thanks for pulling the car in times of extreme need," he emphasized before the representatives of the sector present at the forum.
It has also defended tourism as a "tool of social and territorial cohesion" since it helps to fix population in some environments. And it has celebrated that Spain, with 82.6 million foreign tourists, according to the forecasts of the Government, will surpass in 2018 the record of arrivals of 2017. And it has done it, has explained Sanchez, in a moment of recovery of competitors like Turkey or Egypt, that is, "not because of weaknesses of others but because of their own strengths". However, he also pointed out that one of the problems facing the sector is the "punctual saturation of some destinations", which is why he has asked the sector to act on this problem.
Structured into five round tables, the forum addresses issues of interest to the tourism sector such as the impact of new trends in the hotel sector, opportunities in infrastructure management and passenger transport to improve the competitiveness of the sector, strategies for marketing of tourism products in a digitalized global scenario and new business models.
The meeting brings together the main representatives of the tourism sector as the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, and the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, in its acronym in English), Gloria Guevara.