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Spain's tourism industry calls to be a vaccination priority sector

'Vaccination is key to regain mobility and allow the entire tourism sector to reopen.'
'Vaccination is key to regain mobility and allow the entire tourism sector to reopen.' / SALVADOR SALAS
  • 'It would be a fundamental step to build trust and position Spain as a safe holiday destination'

With an eye on the reactivation of the economy as a whole, Spain's tourism industry has asked to be one of the priority sectors in the vaccination process to revive activity and do so by generating confidence and providing security for the traveller.

"We propose that tourism staff be included as a priority due to the importance of this industry to the economy so that it can once again be the driving force behind the recovery," said Miguel Sánchez of the Andalusian business confederation CEA.

He said, “They key is safety. For this it would be very important to have the guarantee that all personnel who are in continual contact with travellers are vaccinated."

“It would be a fundamental step to build trust and position Spain as a safe holiday destination,” he says.

Vaccination hotels

Meanwhile the Costa del Sol hoteliers association Aehcos has offered the use of its members’ establishments to the health authority to help in their vaccination plans.

"The association has establishments in 31 municipalities in the province of Malaga, and we want to help by offering hotels and facilities to the vaccination teams.”

The president of the association, Luis Callejón Suñé, explained, "This solidarity initiative is being launched, since we understand that some municipalities may have difficulties when it comes to finding large and safe spaces to carry out vaccination."

He added that the hotel sector has shown since the beginning of the pandemic that "establishments have always been very strict with pandemic security measures and, in fact, no incident has ever been detected in their facilities".

Vaccination is key

This Monday Spain’s Trade and Tourism Minister, Reyes Maroto, pointed out that the government is working on a common vaccination certificate that allows the recovery of international movement and tourism in a safe way.

"Vaccination is key to regain mobility and allow the entire tourism sector to reopen,” he said.

For his part, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, speaking to the World Tourism Crisis Committee of the World Tourism Organisation in Madrid, has urged an "international response - as coordinated and coherent as possible - that allows to reactivate travel in a safe manner while the vaccination campaign advances in various regions of the world".