The government will unveil a tourism promotion plan on Thursday (18 June), said Sánchez. Businesses in the tourism industry, which represents about 12% of the country’s GDP, have been campaigning for travel restrictions to be lifted.
The industry’s recovery is a “priority” for the government, said Sánchez, adding that the rescue package will help territories at risk of depopulation and improve employment conditions.
“Spain is not just any country when it comes to tourism, neither in quantity nor in quality,” Sánchez said, highlighting that Spain is the second most visited country in the world.
The PM also announced that a plan to implement safety precautions for international holidaymakers will be trialled on Spain’s Balearic Islands starting next week.
“We have started a pilot project that will allow the entry of some 10,900 German tourists to the Balearic Islands, an initiative that will help us test all the safety measures we will impose during this tourist season,” he said.
Sánchez also announced a €3.75 billion package for the country’s automotive sector, which suffered a huge blow last month with the closure of Nissan’s plant in Barcelona.
The plan will include measures to support the industry with investments and legal reforms, incentives for research and innovation. It will also feature a tax system that makes the sector more competitive, as well as training and qualifications for workers. (EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)