By Tara Rippin • 24 August 2020 • 16:12
Benidorm associations behind Sunday’s peaceful protest demanding ‘respect and justice’ for the local tourism sector are calling for an ‘urgent’ meeting with Spain’s PM and the president of the Valencian Community.
REPRESENTATIVES from the business associations Abreca-Cobreca (restoration), Avibe (travel agencies), Ociobal (nightlife and dance halls), Aptur (tourist apartments), the Association of Campsites of Benidorm and Aico (trade and self-employed) organised yesterday’s demonstration attended by more than 1,000 people.
And today, they have requested “as a matter of urgency,” a working meeting with Pedro Sanchez and Ximo Puig.
The objective “is to ask the State’s public administrations for respect and justice for the national tourism sector and Benidorm in particular,” said the Aico in a statement.
They want to see a manifesto agreed by all entities, relating to “social, labour and economic matters,” implemented immediately, “in order to ensure the survival in the short and medium term of the business fabric of all sectors mentioned.”
The statement continued: “All the members of the boards of directors wish to publicly thank the people who joined the call yesterday, their exemplary behaviour, respectful of all others according to the rules of security and prevention. The (march passed) without any incident or unpleasant action.”
Organisers also praised everybody who helped organise, coordinate and police the march.
“And, a very special thank you to all the tourists and residents, who in the course of our march, conveyed to us with their applause the support for Benidorm and our tourist destination,” added Aico.
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