By Cathy Elelman • 09 May 2020 • 19:22
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento Fuengirola Facebook @ayuntamientofuengirola
THE Costa del Sol and the rest of Andalucia ‘are going to have the safest beaches in Spain.’
This is the message the Junta de Andalucia wants to put across with its safe beach plan.
In a press interview on Saturday, Public Administration and Interior minister Elias Bendodo said the regional administration will be approving the first measures of the plan on Monday.
Bendodo underlined the huge importance of the tourism industry for region, pointing out the sector represents 12 per cent of GDP and 13 per cent of employment.
Putting out the message that “tourism is the industry of safety,” is therefore fundamental, he stressed.
“The tourism sector is one of the priority strategies for the Andalucia government because everything else stems from this; if it’s doing well then all the sectors around it are doing well,” the regional minister affirmed.
He said it was therefore regrettable that Malaga and Granada provinces have not got government authorisation to move into phase one of the lockdown de-escalation on Monday.
Bendodo urged Pedro Sanchez’ administration to set up a tourism sector rescue plan and slash VAT from 10 per cent to four until the end of the year.
“Tourism is the most important thing for us and we need the government to take it seriously,” he said.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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