The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, chaired today in Madrid the act of handing the turística Q ’flags of tourist quality to Spanish beaches and marinas. This year, a total of 248 beaches and 24 marinas were awarded by the ICTE.

For the Minister of Industry, "the 'Q' brings prestige, differentiation, reliability, rigor and promotion. On the way to the new normality, strengthening confidence in the quality and safety of Spain is one of the great challenges. We need security both at origin and destination, so we must ensure that tourists do not run any risk or bring it to our country. "

Maroto reiterated the Government's commitment to accompany the sector in this stage of economic reconstruction and reviewed various support measures such as the Tourism Sector Promotion Plan, mortgage moratoriums on tourist properties, the Tourist Sustainability Plans at Destination, and the extraordinary line by 2020 of loans for projects that promote digital transformation and tourism innovation. For the minister, the objective is "the progressive return to normality that allows part of the summer campaign for tourism to be recovered."

Finally, Reyes Maroto recalled that Spain has attractions that join our extraordinary strengths, such as the climate, safety, health, and quality of our services and infrastructures to provide tourism leadership.

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The extraordinary Council of Ministers held today has approved three new measures to support the Spanish tourism sector, included in the Royal Decree-Law of urgent measures to support economic recovery and employment. It is a mortgage moratorium for buildings subject to tourism activity, a line of aid for tourism digitization, the instrument called "Tourism Sustainability Plans in Destinations", and exemptions from quotas for discontinuous permanent workers.

The measures are integrated into the ‘Plan to Promote the Tourism Sector’ recently presented by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez. For the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, “they reaffirm the Executive's commitment to supporting the tourism sector, both during the health crisis and in de-escalation and now in recovery; they are concrete and effective measures to continue protecting companies and workers and continue relaunching the activity. ”

Mortgage moratorium for properties affected by tourist activity

The Council of Ministers has approved a mortgage moratorium for properties subject to tourist activity, through the granting of a moratorium period of up to twelve months for mortgage financial operations signed with credit institutions. During the moratorium, only interest on the mortgage debt would be paid, and the principal would not be amortized. Likewise, the amortization period would be extended up to twelve more months, or the deferred amount would be redistributed among the remaining installments without modifying the agreed maturity date.

Self-employed workers and legal entities with registered offices in Spain may be beneficiaries, provided they experience financial difficulties as a result of the health emergency. Loans that have been in full or partial default of any of their installments since before January 1, 2020 are excluded.

Likewise, it is established that, if the property affects the development of an economic activity of the tourist sector were the subject of a lease, the beneficiary of the mortgage moratorium must grant the lessee a moratorium on the payment of the lease of at least 70% of the amount of the mortgage moratorium, provided that said postponement or the total or partial cancellation of it has not already been achieved by agreement between both parties.

€ 216 M for digitization and innovation projects

The Council of Ministers has approved a project financing system for digitization and innovation in the tourism sector. The budget for the program will be € 216M for the year 2020. The granting of a maximum of 1,100 loans is foreseen for each budget year, based on an average loan of € 200,000.

The costs of personnel, costs of instruments and inventory material, costs of contractual research, technical knowledge and patents acquired or obtained by license from external sources under arm's length conditions and supplementary general expenses will be financed.

Tourism Sustainability Plans in Destinations

The Council of Ministers has approved the creation of the instrument called "Tourism Sustainability Plans in Destinations" to provide support for investment in actions to promote, adapt and improve tourist destinations in order to increase their sustainability. It is about promoting the development of tourist destinations located in rural and inland areas, by taking advantage of resources through tourist facilities, developing attractive products, promoting them and supporting the operational capacity of the entities that manage them. Destinations.

Annually, the Tourism Sector Conference will approve the proposals of tourism sustainability plans presented by the Local Entities, which best meet the selection criteria established in the Program, and which will contain the designation of the destinations subject to action. In the first year, the allocation of a € 23M item is proposed.

Exemption from discontinuous fixed fees

The Fourth Additional Provision of the Royal Decree-Law approved today in the Council of Ministers includes a measure of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy by which companies dedicated to tourism, commerce and hospitality (which are not public) that between July and October (both inclusive) generate activity in these sectors, they will have exonerations of 50% of the Social Security contributions of discontinuous permanent workers who incorporate or maintain their occupation.

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The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has encouraged the international LGBTI tourist to visit Spain this year.

In a video broadcast on her Twitter profile, the minister stressed that "the administrations and the tourism sector have worked hard to adapt the offer to the situation arising from the pandemic, strengthening health security protocols both in the arrival procedures as in destinations ”.

He also recalled that Spain is at the forefront of the world in rights and recognition of sexual and gender diversity, and that "it has been offering for many years a very complete tourist product for the LGTBI visitor", which is welcome both in destinations internationally known sun and beach, such as Sitges, Torremolinos, Ibiza, Benidorm or Maspalomas, as in gay-friendly neighborhoods such as Chueca in Madrid or Gaixample in Barcelona.

The video ends with this phrase: “Spain is an open, respectful and inclusive country. We wait for you".

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The Secretary of State for Tourism and the Autonomous Communities, meeting in an extraordinary Sectoral Commission, have agreed to submit the Tourism Sustainability Plans for Destinations to the Sectoral Conference for their implementation this year.

This is a program included in the Post COVID-19 Tourism Sector Promotion Plan, which aims to help destination managers and can cope with the drop in demand due to the health crisis.

The Sustainability Plans contemplate two different lines: one aimed at pioneering destinations, with specific needs for renewal and repositioning, and the other at destinations located in rural and inland areas, for the creation of a product based on its wealth and uniqueness with which it energize these areas and fight against depopulation.

For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, “the application of these sustainability plans will contribute to the recovery of the tourism sector after the coronavirus crisis and will allow us to strengthen its competitiveness, accelerating its transformation towards a model based on sustainability and digitization ”.

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The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has presented to the diplomatic representatives of the Member States of the EU in Spain the plans of the Spanish Government to relaunch the sectors most affected by COVID-19, especially tourism.

During the meeting called by the Croatian presidency – in which the Secretary of State for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Juan González-Barba – also spoke, the minister explained the measures approved during the state of alarm and the roadmap for the tourism sector: “The Plan to boost tourism will allow us to recover a sector that generates wealth and employment in many countries of the European Union. In the field of health security, we have excellent protocols that follow the recommendations of the Commission and that already have the ISO standard throughout the value chain, "he stressed.

Reyes Maroto has indicated that the implementation of safe corridors between territories with a similar epidemiological situation is making it possible to assess the safety of the protocols: “We have to keep all alerts, but international visitors can now enjoy the Prado Museum, the beaches or our heritage cities ”. Lastly, he thanked the European collaboration in all areas in which it was necessary to give a coordinated response during this crisis, such as international purchases of medical equipment or return operations for visitors who were in Spanish territory at the beginning of the pandemic to countries of origin.

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In the digital meeting organized today by New Economy Forum, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, indicated that the reserves for Paradores are recovering and that the Network is ready for reopening next Thursday, June 25.

"I encourage you to enjoy your vacations in Paradores, a very professional Network awaits you that has turned to these days so that the experience is ideal to recover as soon as possible that volume that every year chooses us," said the minister, who recalled that the safety and hygiene protocols have been reinforced to the maximum. The objective of the public hotel chain is to take extreme measures of cleaning and disinfection, and to become the safest tourist destination for employees and clients.

According to the data managed by the Paradores management, the weight of the national tourist will be greater than in previous years. Reservations increase in inland establishments, located in nature, while demand is lower in emblematic establishments, which depend more on foreign tourists, such as the Parador de Granada, located inside the Alhambra complex. If in early June the turnover figures were around 60,000 euros per day, they rose to 700,000 after the announcement by the Prime Minister about the lifting of mobility restrictions and the opening of borders for tourism, and reached one million euros after the announcement of the reopening of the Network next Thursday.

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The Secretary of State for Tourism has created the ‘Responsible Tourism’ badge for all those establishments that follow the Guidelines for measures to reduce contagion by COVID-19 in the tourism sector, the only ones endorsed by the Ministry of Health.

This is a free badge, which can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism after completing a form in which the establishment shows its commitment to following the Guidelines. The badge is personal and non-transferable and must be renewed every year.

For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, “offering confidence and security is essential at this time to once again attract both national and international travelers. This distinctive is one more element in our strategy to reposition ourselves as a safe tourist destination worldwide. In addition, it serves to recognize the responsibility of those entrepreneurs who make an effort to create a safe environment in their respective businesses not only for tourists but for their own workers and residents. ”

The “Guidelines for measures to reduce contagion by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the tourism sector”, prepared together with the sector, social partners and the Autonomous Communities and validated by Health, will be the reference for the creation of standards at the worldwide, following an agreement adopted within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The platform to download the badge is at:

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Turespaña, an agency under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, today launched a new video on social networks, within the 'Spain awaits you' campaign, in order to attract international visitors from July 1.

“Spain is prepared to receive foreign tourists in safe conditions from July 1 and it will do so with the love and hospitality of always. Through this video we want to encourage you to plan your vacations to our country, where you can find a wide and diverse tourist offer that meets all expectations ”, explains Isabel Oliver, Secretary of State for Tourism and President of Turespaña.

The video, which invites you to not stop dreaming about Spain, shows some of the strengths of our country as a tourist destination in terms of natural spaces, heritage, beaches or cities and also winks at the poet Antonio Machado.
The new audiovisual piece is available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Chinese and is going to be disseminated through all the social profiles (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) of and the Tourism Councils abroad , with the label # EspañaTeEspera '.

In addition, in the face of the imminent reactivation of international tourism, the activity on social networks of and the Departments of Turespaña will intensify with more content that recalls the multiple reasons for traveling to our country, the most competitive in the world.

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Seven new guides with hygienic-sanitary measures for the safe reopening of the tourism sector are already available on the website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

These are the ones corresponding to:

-natural Protected Areas

-Nautical-sports facilities and nautical activities

-night entertainment

-amusement and leisure parks

-Tourist transport (tourist bus companies, rent-a-car, cable transport and water tourist transport)

-visits to warehouses and other industrial facilities

-cultural, historical and natural places

-single public spaces

For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, "these guides are essential to be able to restart tourism with the maximum health guarantees and thus offer confidence to our visitors, but also to workers and residents that Spain is a safe destination."

This is in addition to the eleven guides on 'Measures to reduce contagion by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the tourism sector' published on May 10 for hotels and tourist apartments, hostels / hostels, rural accommodation, tourism guides, spas, camping sites, restaurants, travel agencies, active tourism and ecotourism, golf courses, and tourist information offices.

The guides have been prepared together with the Autonomous Communities, the sector and the social agents, and contain service, cleaning and disinfection, maintenance and risk management specifications for the different subsectors of the tourism sector.

In addition to being homogeneous for the entire Spanish territory, they are the only ones validated by the Ministry of Health.

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The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, participated this afternoon in Dialogues for the Future: Tourism to Come, a forum organized by, in which she highlighted the importance of repositioning Spain so that international tourism continues to choose us as a destination. "You have to have to convey confidence, because taking steps back would be the worst news."

The minister recalled that Spain is in a position to talk about the tourist season, "when a few weeks ago this issue was not on the table", and defended the need to act with caution. “It is not about being the first or running; certainties are the most important thing. We have reached an epidemiological situation that, at the moment, is controlled, and the decisions we make in the coming days must be based on the rigor of the data, so as not to place the Spanish in a situation to which we do not want to return. "

“The EU tourism ministers are taking time to rethink how we are going to ensure the safety of tourists and residents; "COVID19 has changed the paradigm, and that is why we have to have security protocols and good practice guides, which are tools to reinforce the image of Spain with the safe destination label," he added.

Juan Marín, Vice President of the Andalusian Regional Government and Minister of Tourism and Justice, Yaiza Castilla, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Canary Islands, Francesc Colomer, Autonomous Secretary of the Generalitat Valenciana, Miguel Sebastián, Economist and former minister, and Antonio Catalán, vice president of AC Hotels by Marriot.

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