By Lisa Burgess • 28 January 2020 • 13:51
FITUR SPEECH: Ximo Puig calls for unity. Photo credit: GVA
VALENCIAN COMMUNITY president Xim Puig called for unity from the administrations and tourism sector. Speaking at the Fitur tourism trade fair in Spain’s capital Madrid in the aftermath of Storm Gloria, Puig stressed the resilience of the Valencia region but said it was necessary to look ahead. It was essential to act rapidly, Puig said so that the sector could recover and ensure that infrastructures were ready for Easter Week.
“The last few days have been very hard for our beaches and tourism sector,” Puig admitted, but promised that the Generalitat would immediately rollout a government decree to help devastated areas. Puig also visited Fitur’s Valencian Community stands accompanied by Reyes Maroto, Jose Luis Abalos and Luis Planas, respective ministers for tourism, Infrastructure and Agriculture and Fisheries.
The regional president highlighted the importance of the Green Infrastructure Action Plan (PATIVEL) approved in May 2018 to ring-fence 7,000 hectares of Valencian Community land of immense environmental, territorial and scenic value to protect it from speculation. Equally important was the Flood Risk Territorial Action Plan (PATRICOVA), designed to regulate building developments on land susceptible to flooding, Puig said.
“We must continue working on these structural questions as the climate emergency is here and it could be necessary to alter some strategies.”
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