Spain President announces opening up of tourism sector from July 1
01 June 2020: The Government of Spain has decided to open up tourism from 1 July, 2020. Announcing the decision, the Minister for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, and the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, have assured the tourist sector that travellers will be protected with all necessary safety and health measures as mandated by COVID-19. It may be noted that Spain receives 83 million inbound tourists a year. The tourism sector accounts for 12.3% of our GDP and generates more than 2.6 million jobs in our country. Thus, the ministers underscored the weighting of the sector in the economy and in its role in job creation in Spain, one of the main pillars of the Spanish economy,
In an official statement, the Ministers said “The positive figures on the evolution of the pandemic and the speed with which the de-escalation is unfolding, particularly in some areas, it was decided to open up Spain to tourism as per the announcement made by President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, recently, guaranteeing everyone’s health.”
At a video-conference with business owners in the sector – including the participation of the General Secretary of the UN World Tourism Organization, the two ministers said that this is a joint task to be developed by the Ministries of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, of Foreign Affairs, of Home Affairs, of Health, and of Industry, Trade and Tourism, in collaboration with our European partners.