The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said this Monday that there are many communities that will announce more measures to support tourism, hospitality and commerce. He has indicated this at a press conference after meeting with the autonomies and municipalities at the intersectoral conference on trade and tourism.
At the meeting, Maroto presented the support plan for the hospitality industry approved last week, which, as he highlighted, has had positive feedback from the autonomous communities and added that “many are going to announce support measures to the sectors ” .
Last week the reinforcement package for tourism, hospitality and commerce was approved , the latter with an economic impact of 4.22 billion, but which did not include direct aid, as requested by the sector. The Government said then that this plan would be reinforced with support from the autonomies.
“We have verified that aid has been deployed from all the communities and also from the municipalities,” said the minister, who has not mentioned which communities are planning to announce new support, but has insisted that “there are many that have direct aid for the sectors and are going to reinforce them.
“The magnitude of the impacts varies depending on the community because the pandemic has affected differently,” stressed Maroto, who insisted that these are the most vulnerable sectors of the crisis, but that “the start of vaccination and the budgets open a horizon of hope for all “.
In so far this pandemic, the Government has approved two global plans to support the sector. The first, in June and endowed with more than 4,000 million euros, was to boost the tourism sector. Last week another second reinforcement package was approved for tourism, hospitality and commerce.
The minister has reviewed other measures of the Government to these sectors. He highlighted the 110,972 million euros of financing provided by the Official Credit Institute (ICO) , with Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia and Valencia as the main recipients of these credits. More than 578,000 companies have benefited from the sector. Regarding ERTE, they affect 746,900 workers.
The minister has highlighted other initiatives launched for the reactivation of tourism, such as the approval of 25 tourism sustainability plans, with an investment of 58 million, or the network of smart destinations. In the field of trade, the program to support tourism competitiveness has stood out, with support for more than 46,000 businesses throughout the national territory.
Today the retail trade data for the month of November has been published precisely, in which a significant drop can be seen compared to last year, despite the Black Friday campaign.
With regard to this, he pointed out that these data continue to reflect the loss of consumer confidence, since “the restrictions are still very close, both in terms of capacity and mobility.” For Maroto, 2021 will be a year in which “recovery will be the protagonist.”