By Sarah Keane • 23 January 2021 • 17:13
SPANISH tourism minister contradicts the Prime Minister and insists there will be tourists in Spain this summer
In a dramatic about-turn, the Spanish minister of industry, trade and tourism, Reyes Maroto, has openly contradicted the country’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, by stating that Spain wants to ‘reactivate tourism’ as soon as possible. Mr Sanchez had sensationally claimed at the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) that he wasn’t prepared to welcome international tourists until 70 per cent of the country was vaccinated.
The Prime Minister’s comment that only ‘mass vaccinations will open the way to the normality we want’ caused outrage among expats and holidaymakers, especially since he maintained that this level of vaccination was unlikely to be reached before the end of the 2021 summer season.
Speaking with the Telegraph, Ms Maroto said:
‘Our priority in 2021 is to reactivate tourism and resume safe mobility on a global scale as soon as possible.
‘We hope that at the end of spring and especially during the summer, international travel will resume and travellers will choose Spain as their destination.’
The tourism minister’s comments are, of course, in direct contrast with the statement from the Prime Minister, who insisted that even though Spain is pushing hard with the vaccination rollout, it was unlikely to welcome holidaymakers before the autumn.
Mr Sanchez’s comments came as a heavy blow to business owners in the country, who are already on their knees due to travel restrictions and non-essential industry shut-down in many municipalities. Potential holidaymakers were also understandably devastated at the prospect of missing out on a summer holiday, but now the tourism minister has offered a glimmer of hope.
Still, the question remains: Was Pedro Sanchez right to warn us that summer 2021 may not be as we hoped, or wrong to scare us?
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
September at least before any Tourists methinks
There is no need for any of it. We didn’t close borders, economies and countries every winter because of the flu, so we should not be doing it now. This is a never ending lie. Good for anyone who contradicts idiots like Sanchez. IN the words of Johnny Rotten “It’s a scam, it’s a farce”. It’s time that these liars and criminals in government, the media and healthcare were exposed and jailed. This is a crime against humanity. It has to STOP. The WHO is not a group of caring specialists in healthcare, it is financed by corporations including the pharmaceutical industry criminals. Can’t anyone see what is going on here or are you all blind? STOP with the fear factor. We don´t have to fear Covid anymore than we had to fear the flu. Hopefully all those who have spouted propaganda lies to bring about this global crime will all end up locked up for life
The EWN should not be giving space to comments such as that above by Naimah Yianni. It isn’t a case of censorship, rather it is the responsibility of the Press to ensure that such people are not helped in their quest to spread such manifestly untrue and dangerous rubbish, given how naiïve and gullible some people can be.
In the interest of public health and welfare, I earnestly implore the EWN to remove that comment.
Ian I disagree, the individual whether they believe it or not is their right to do so, we are all gullible and manipulable to one degree or another. It should be everyones right to decide their path, it is censorship that’s why you raised and negated the point.
No, it is isn’t a question of censorship, that’s a quite different matter. Of course, individuals have the right to believe what they want but the Press should not aid and abet the dissemination of such dangerous, fake news, especially against the background of a pandemic.
We need every weapon in our arsenal to beat this and tolerating such disinformation doesn’t help. Put simply, the Press shouldn’t be giving a platform to conspiracy theory obsessed, deluded people seeking to spread nonsense such as the idea that Covid is no worse than the flu.
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