The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdes, announced this Wednesday that the Government is already working "actively to improve the IMSERSO program and adapt it to current circumstances" with the aim of making it a "safe program that protects the population that enjoys it year after year." .
In statements to the media from Palma, where he makes a working visit to learn first-hand about the situation in the sector, Valdés explained that these works are led by the Secretary of Social Affairs, which has the support of the Secretary of State for Tourism. He has also explained that the decision to suspend the program responds exclusively to "public health" criteria, so as not to expose them unnecessarily.
Valdés has assessed the latest INE survey on the hotel situation, which only confirms that the positive recovery that began in July "was truncated" in August "as a result of the imposition of quarantines and travel restrictions." “Today's data confirms that discretion and lack of coordination has been fatal in terms of visitors. We are already working from the Government together with other member states within the European Commission to put order in this way of managing mobility ”, he indicated.
With the aim of lifting these quarantines, the Executive values with the governments of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands the establishment of health corridors that allow international tourists to be brought in.
Meetings with the sector
During his visit to Palma, the Secretary of State met with the Minister of Economic Model, Tourism and Labor of the Balearic Government, Iago Negueruela, with whom he has spoken, among other questions, about the projects that could benefit from European recovery funds in the Balearic Islands.
Next, Valdés met with representatives of the hospitality sections of the UGT and CCOO unions on the islands, as well as with representatives of the tourism and hotel sector in Mallorca.