Spain to resume touristic activity at the end of 2020

Published on : Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Once the COVID-19 pandemic passes the Spanish government is working on a two-phase plan of reopening its country to activity and employment.

 

The first phase for ‘productive sectors’ will commence in summer,the second phase would be put into place from the end of the year and the final decision regarding the plan will be on the health authorities.

Spain’s Minister of Finance María Jesús Montero said that Spain would not resume touristic activity until the safety of Spaniards and visitors alike could be assured. Labor Minister Diaz said sectors, such as tourism, culture, catering and air and sea transport are going to have enormous difficulties in reopening.

 

Until Christmas the return to “normalcy” in Spain is not expected but the return to normalcy in bars, restaurants, hotels, concerts, theaters or cinemas is expected to be slower.

Spain’s tourism sector contributed in excess of $200 billion to the GDP annually since 2018; this equates to about 15 percent of the GDP. Last year, the country received over 83 million tourists who stayed at least one night and it received an additional 41 million day-trippers.

 

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez would ask parliament for a 15-day extension of the country’s lockdown . Citizens are to remain restricted to their homes except for essential outings such as food shopping—children are not even allowed out for exercise.


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