Spain’s tourism minister makes plans to keep Brits coming in the case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

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REYES MAROTO, Spain’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, has held talks with top travel companies in order to make plans for the continued travel of British holidaymakers in the case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
Ms Maroto is meeting directors of top travel firms including the likes of Thomas Cook in order to reach a solution that will ensure Britons can travel to Spain in confidence regardless of the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
British holidaymakers represent almost a quarter of all visitors to Spain, around 18 million travel each year.
Ms Maroto declared: “British tourists need to know that Spain next year will still be an attractive destination.”
“We are outlining a list of measures, the most important of which are to have laws and regulations in place that will allow us to respond quickly to any problems that can come up with the movement of goods and people at the border.”

Spain’s €870billion economy relies heavily on tourism and the sector has become the country’s biggest employer.

Ms Maroto acknowledged the importance of Spain’s relationship with Britain: “For our government, Brexit is a top priority and the commitment we have to Spanish companies and Spanish nationals in the UK, as well as with Britons in Spain, is to ensure that we will have a solution for any problems that might crop [up].”

 

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