The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said today that "collaboration in tourism and increased flows is essential to strengthen the cultural, idiomatic and friendship ties" that unite Spain and Latin America.

Reyes Maroto has chaired a meeting with Latin American Tourism Ministers at the Royal Palace of Madrid, which was also attended by the Secretary of State for Tourism of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Isabel Oliver; the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia; the director of the AECID, Aina Calvo; the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikasvili, and the President of National Heritage, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán.

Reyes Maroto has pointed out that tourism is a sector that “creates wealth, favors equality, helps fight depopulation, that allows us to be more and better connected internationally, and that has proven to be an effective way to share and publicize our culture and values ​​in the world ”.

He also noted that the Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Economy and Tourism of Guatemala in 2018 was very important to articulate public policies for the development and management of sustainable tourism: “Ibero-America has always been a priority for Spain: we have to walk together in our tourism strategy to promote a model of sustainable tourism economically, socially and environmentally ”.

At the meeting, the Latin American tourism managers exchanged opinions on the joint work that will be carried out this year at the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Andorra, under the slogan ‘Innovation for sustainable development-Objective 2030’.



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Social Security affiliates linked to tourism activities grew 3.2% year-on-year in December, reaching a total of 2,395,030 members, according to the data included in the Tourism Employment Report prepared by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and spread today. It is the highest figure in the historical series for a month of December.

Employment in tourism activities has added 75,026 workers in the last year, representing 12.4% of the total affiliates in the national economy.
Since the approval of the Master Plan for Decent Work in August 2018, 90,681 workers in the hospitality sector have improved their working conditions, according to data included in the first phase report of crash plans 2019 prepared by the Ministry of Labor, Migrations and Social Security.

The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, values ​​these data very positively because, “in addition to assuming a new affiliation record for a month of December, they show that tourism has established itself as a great vector for job creation by over other economic sectors. ”

Oliver highlights the good results of the Master Plan for Decent Work, which “has improved the quality of employment of thousands of workers in the hospitality sector, showing that you can grow with social justice,” and notes that “the new Government will continue betting on policies that contribute to the generation of stable and quality employment ”.

Affiliation by sectors and communities

Of the 75,026 occupational discharges in December, 44,228 correspond to hospitality. The section "other activities" rose by 28,868 members and travel agencies had an increase of 1,930 workers. The report highlights the positive performance of this branch of activity since December 2014, as it had reduced employment figures continuously in the previous six years (2008-2014).

Tourist employment grew in all Autonomous Communities. In absolute figures, employment in the hotel and travel agencies / tour operators as a whole experienced its greatest increase in Andalusia, the Community of Madrid, Catalonia and the Valencian Community. In absolute values, Andalusia was the community in which the wage earners and the self-employed grew the most. Finally, in relative terms, the year-on-year increases in Andalusia (4.1%) and Comunidad Valenciana (4.1%) stand out.

The full report can be found here: https://www.tourspain.es/es-es/ConocimientoTuristico/AfiliacionSS/empleoEnTurismoNotaAfiliacionALaSS1219.pdf

Results of the Master Plan for Decent Work in Hospitality

Since the approval of the Master Plan for Decent Work in August 2019, 51,522 temporary contracts have been transformed into law fraud, 2,235 extensions of working hours have been made and 36,924 irregular jobs have emerged thanks to the work and commitment of the members of the Labor Inspection and Social Security System.



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Spain received almost 79.4 million international tourists during the first eleven months of the year, 1.2% more than in the same period of 2018, while spending increased by 3%, to 87,265 million euros. These are the main data of the surveys on Tourist Movements in Frontier (FRONTUR) and Tourism Expenditure (EGATUR) prepared by the National Statistics Institute.

During the month of November, 4.7 million tourists visited our country, which represents an increase of 2.8% compared to November 2018. Its expenditure was 5,068 million euros, 3.7% more. The average daily expenditure stood at 161 euros (+ 4.6%).

The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, considers these data to be very positive because “they show that the actions undertaken to advance the seasonally adjusted by diversifying products and markets are paying off. In the absence of knowing the figures for December, everything indicates that in 2019 we will have surpassed, again, the record of tourist spending and also of arrival of visitors, thus fulfilling the forecasts of the Government ”.

Arrival of tourists

In the accumulated year, the main issuing markets were the United Kingdom, with about 17.3 million international tourists, 2.2% less than the previous year; Germany, with almost 10.7 million (-1.8%), and France, with almost 10.6 million tourists, (-1.3%). Among the other countries of residence, the growth experienced by the United States (+ 13%), Russia (+ 8%) and Ireland (+ 6.8%) should be noted.

By national destinations, Catalonia was the community that received the most tourists, almost 18.4 million, an increase of 0.8%. It was followed by the Balearic Islands (with almost 13.6 million and a 0.8% decrease) and the Canary Islands (with more than 11.9 million, 4.4% less).
Notably, the growth of Madrid, which in November received 665,852 tourists, representing an increase of 10.3% compared to the same month of 2018.

Increase in spending

From January to November, the Autonomous Communities of main destination with the highest total expenditure were Catalonia (with € 20,250 M and an increase of 4.3%), Canary Islands (with € 15,374 M, 0.7% less than in the same period of 2018), and the Balearic Islands (with € 14,734 million, an increase of 1.1%). The Community of Madrid stands out again in this section, with an increase of 12.8% and € 9,665 million.

As for the issuing countries, the United Kingdom has the highest accumulated expenditure so far this year with € 17,204 (+ 0.5%). It is followed by Germany, with € 11,147 million (-2.2%) and France, with € 7,241 million (+ 2.6%).



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The Council of Ministers today agreed to authorize the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism -through the Secretary of State for Tourism- to sign an agreement with the Official Credit Institute for the granting of financing and guarantees to operations of the tourism sector in the “ICO Companies and Entrepreneurs” line.

For the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, “This agreement completes the package of measures that the Government approved as a matter of urgency to meet the needs of the Spanish tourism sector as a whole, after the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, a bankruptcy that impacted mainly in the Balearic and Canary Islands; With both regional governments we have signed two agreements to develop actions that allow both the recovery of connectivity and the improvement and diversification of the tourism offer in both archipelagos. ”

Royal Decree-Law 12/2019, which takes urgent measures to mitigate the effects of the opening of insolvency proceedings of the Thomas Cook group, establishes a set of measures aimed at mitigating the negative consequences in the Spanish tourism sector and maintaining Activity and employment In Article 4, the Government is instructed to approve a financing line of up to € 200 million to meet the financial needs of those affected.

Thus, the Agreement authorized today by the Council of Ministers provides that the ICO formalize financing and guarantee contracts with the financial entities adhering to the “ICO Companies and Entrepreneurs” line, making financing available for these entities for a total amount of € 200M , including a guarantee of 50% of the risk of the clients that diminishes the level of guarantees that the banks demand to this type of operations.

This line allows to meet the financial needs of those affected by the insolvency of the “Thomas Cook” business group and mitigate the impact of this bankruptcy process on the treasury of the affected companies, taking into account the important social, sector and territorial derivatives. It also allows avoiding second-order effects on suppliers and smoothing out the necessary adjustment, allowing a gradual normalization of cash levels.



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Residents in Spain made a total expenditure of 19,297 million euros in the third quarter of 2019, 1.9% more than in the same period of 2018, while the number of trips amounted to 61.1 million (-5.4 %) and the trips had an average duration of 6.2 overnight stays (+ 3.8%), according to data from the Resident Tourism Survey (FAMILITUR) prepared by the National Statistics Institute.

For the acting Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, these data demonstrate “the improvement in profitability of the tourism sector when there is an increase in spending and the average duration despite the lower number of trips and confirms that the trend of resident tourists It is similar to that of international visitors. ”

From July to September, trips for leisure, recreation and vacations continue to be the main reason for traveling in 61.8% of cases (-2.5%), of which 38.3% correspond to summer vacations . Residents make more and more trips to foreign countries that grow by 3.2% and represent 11.9% of the total. However, the main destination remains the national territory with 88.1% of the total (-6.4%).

With regard to spending, on trips to national destination rose 2.1% and those made abroad 1.4%. The average daily expenditure stood at 41 euros on trips with internal destination and 97 euros on trips abroad.

The main autonomous communities of destination of the trips of the residents in the third quarter of 2019 are Andalusia (18.0% of the total), Comunitat Valenciana (12.3%) and Catalonia (11.7%). Eliminating the effect of the size of each community, the most travelers are residents of the Community of Madrid (1,860 trips per 1,000 inhabitants), Aragon (1,559) and the Basque Country (1,363). On the contrary, the least travelers are residents of the Balearic Islands (686 trips per 1,000 inhabitants), Cantabria (906) and Extremadura (1,002).

In the first nine months of 2019, trips made by residents exceeded 153 million, 1.7% lower than the same period last year. Internal travel decreased 2.6%, while foreign travel increased 7.0%. On the other hand, total spending grew 2.7%. Internal trips up 3.2% and those made abroad 1.7%.



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Social Security affiliates linked to tourist activities grew 4.6% year-on-year in November, reaching a total of 2,412,694 affiliates, according to the data included in the Tourism Employment Report prepared by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and spread today. It is the highest figure in the historical series of a month of November.

Employment in tourism activities has grown in the last year 106,130 workers in high labor, representing 12.4% of the total affiliates in the national economy.

For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, it is “good news that the dynamism of tourism employment is maintained despite the uncertainties that have surrounded this end of the year, such as the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook. The figures for November come only to confirm that tourism activities have been consolidated as a job creation engine whose contribution is already close to 12.5% ​​of the total, to which the policies promoted by the Government to generate quality and durable employment ”.

Affiliation by sectors and communities

Of the 106,130 high occupations in November, 68,065 correspond to hospitality. The “other activities” section rose by 35,684 members and travel agencies had an increase of 2,381 workers. The report highlights the positive performance of this branch of activity since December 2014, as it had reduced employment figures continuously in the previous six years (2008-2014).

Tourism employment grew in all Autonomous Communities, confirming that tourism is contributing to economic development and territorial cohesion. In absolute figures, employment in the hotel and travel agencies / tour operators as a whole experienced the greatest increase in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands and Galicia. In absolute values, Andalusia was the community in which the wage earners and the self-employed grew the most. Finally, in relative terms, the year-on-year increases in the Balearic Islands (6.8%) and Murcia (6.4%) stand out.

The full report can be found here: https://www.tourspain.es/es-es/ConocimientoTuristico/AfiliacionSS/empleoEnTurismoNotaAfiliacionALaSS1119.pdf



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The president of Turespaña, Isabel Oliver, today handed over the keys of the Parador de Costa da Morte, in Muxía (A Coruña), to the president of Paradores, Óscar López, once the construction of the establishment has been completed. The public chain will now proceed to condition the facilities to be able to open them to the public in March.

To the ceremony of delivery of the new Parador, which has concluded with the planting of a holly, the delegate of the Government in Galicia, Javier Losada, the director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, and the mayor of Muxía, Iago Toba, attended.

For Isabel Oliver, that this establishment becomes a reality after so many years "is exciting." “We are convinced that it will be a pole of economic attraction for the area of ​​the Costa da Morte and the creation of jobs. I have no doubt that for Muxía, for A Coruña and for Galicia in general it will have a very positive impact projecting an image of quality and modernity ”.

The Government has invested more than 25 million euros in the construction of the Parador de Costa da Morte, which has almost 15,000 square meters, 63 rooms and spa.



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The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the Ministry of Tourism, has chosen the Region of Ambroz Valley, in Extremadura, as the winning destination of the EDEN Awards, European Destinations of Excellence (European Destinations of Excellence) .

These awards seek to attract attention to those emerging destinations whose development is consistent with the principles of social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

In this ninth edition, the European Commission, together with the corresponding national tourism institutions, has decided to value "health and wellness tourism". Candidate destinations have presented projects that offer authentic tourist experiences and develop sustainable social, cultural and environmental management with this theme as the main base.

After analyzing the applications received, the Ministry of Tourism has determined that the winning destination is "Valle del Ambroz, destination of Health and Welfare", formed by the municipalities of Extremadura, Abadía, Aldeanueva del Camino, Baños de Montemayor, Casas del Monte , La Garganta, Choker, Hervás and Segura de Toro.

Valle del Ambroz will receive the EDEN award at a ceremony to be held in Madrid in Fitur. Subsequently, the Extremaduran destination will participate in the European Awards Ceremony to be organized by the European Commission in Brussels in April 2020.



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Spain received more than 74.7 million international tourists during the first ten months of the year, 1.1% more than in the same period of 2018, while spending increased 2.9% to 82,197 million euros. These are the main data of the surveys on Tourist Movements in Frontier (FRONTUR) and Tourism Expenditure (EGATUR) prepared by the National Statistics Institute.

During the month of October, 7.6 million tourists visited our country, which represents a decrease of 0.3% compared to October 2018. Its expenditure was 8,367 million euros, 2.5% more. The average daily expenditure stood at 161 euros (+ 6.5%).

The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, considers these data positive to endorse the Government's commitment to increase profitability through the diversification of issuing markets and the enhancement of Spain's wide tourism offer. “It is very noteworthy that tourism spending increases more than double the flow of visitors. Once again the sector continues to show its strength despite the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook and the uncertainties of the international market. ”

Arrival of tourists

In the accumulated year, the main emitting markets were the United Kingdom, with more than 16.4 million international tourists, 1.9% less than the previous year; Germany, with 10.1 million (-1.9%), and France, with more than 10 million tourists, (-2.3%). Among the other countries of residence, the growth experienced by the United States (+ 12.7%), Russia (+ 8.4%) and Portugal (+ 7.1%) should be noted.

By national destinations, Catalonia was the community that received the most tourists, more than 17.3 million, which represents an increase of 0.7%. It was followed by the Balearic Islands (with almost 13.4 million and a decrease of 0.8%) and Andalucía (with more than 10.9 million, 3.6% more). It also highlights the growth of Madrid, which increases 7.2% the number of tourists received (almost 6.5 million). On the contrary, the Canary Islands fell 4.8% due to the effect of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, which coincided with the high season on the islands.

Increase in spending

From January to October, the main destination autonomous communities with the highest total expenditure were Catalonia (with € 19,282 M and an increase of 4.8%), Balearic Islands (with € 14,546 M, 1.1% more than in the same period of 2018), and the Canary Islands (with € 13,892 M, a decrease of 0.7%).

As for the issuing countries, the United Kingdom has the highest accumulated expenditure so far this year with € 16,379 M (+ 1.0%). It is followed by Germany, with € 10,525 million (-2.3%) and France, with € 6,895 million (+ 1.8%).



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The Council of Ministers today authorized the granting of a grant of 15 million euros to the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands to finance actions that contribute to alleviate the effects of the insolvency of the Thomas Cook business group in the tourism sector of the archipelago.

The Government thus complies with the provision contained in Royal Decree Law 12/2019, of October 11, which takes urgent measures to mitigate the effects of the opening of insolvency proceedings of the Thomas Cook business group.

The aid will be implemented through the formalization of an agreement between the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the SETUR, and the Government of the Canary Islands, and complement other approved measures, such as the reduction of the AENA passenger fare to reinforce connectivity or the ICO line to provide liquidity to companies and freelancers in the Canary tourism sector.



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