Malaga, August 8, 2020. – The VOX deputy for Malaga and spokesperson in the Congress Tourism Commission, Patricia wheel, continues to meet with the tourist sectors in the province of Malaga to listen to their demands and proposals. On this occasion, Rueda has met with the president of the Commercial Committee of Courses of the Royal Andalusian Golf Federation, a member of the board of the Spanish Association of Golf Courses and General Director of Lauro Golf, Carlos Pitarch.

After the meeting, the deputy has reiterated that "the sector considers it necessary, on the part of the rulers, a greater defense of the main industry in Spain, tourism", something that, she explained, "is achieved by favoring the mobility of travelers with adequate sanitary conditions ”.

The deputy explains that the Golf tourism industry represents hundreds of companies, on which up to 120,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs depend in Spain. It is a sector that attracts 1,200,000 specific tourists, "who stay in our hotels, consume in restaurants and bars and make purchases." "A quality tourism that generates employment and wealth, energizes local environments and adds value to the Spain brand", recalls the deputy, for which she urges the Government to "respond to the requests of this sector."

Quality employment

During the meeting, Pitarch explained that the sector is formed, in its majority, by SMEs, golf workers and freelancers, which provides quality employment, since "95% of the workers have a permanent and full-time contract."

The president of the Commercial Committee of Courses of the Royal Andalusian Golf Federation regretted that, as a result of the restrictions on passenger traffic, the sector barely lacks income, but maintains the level of expenses prior to the pandemic, due to the fact that the courses golf courses require daily maintenance.

Pitarch believes that the Public Administration "should exempt from IBI payment all those companies that have seen their activity reduced to a minimum with the closure and subsequent restriction of tourist traffic."

On the other hand, Pitarch referred to the 21% VAT that the sector supports. "It is a tariff that limits our ability to help in recovery," he lamented. "The Golf Tourism Industry does not ask for a VAT reduction, although this would greatly help the entire tourism sector, but rather demands at least the correct application of the reduced rate of common VAT with the rest of the tourism sector."

Along these lines, the VOX deputy for Malaga has repeatedly referred to the need to reduce taxes within the sector.

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