As the countdown towards Brexit begins, Spain's minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said this week that the government is working on minimising the negative effect which the UK's withdrawal from the European Union could have on tourism, and is "optimistic" that the EU and London will come to an agreement over Brexit.
"It will make a difference, with Britain going from being part of the EU to no longer being in it. We are all aware there will be a negative impact, so we have to try to minimise it," said Maroto during a working breakfast in Madrid which was organised by the Club Diálogos para la Democracia.
"We are concerned about it," added the minister, who explained that "top level" meetings are taking place with representatives of the British government, who are working on agreeing a deal so there will be "calm" during the transition period.
"We are optimistic. Our role now is to work with the institutions so that agreement becomes reality," she said, while stressing that at the same time the Spanish is government is working with companies on "contingency plans".