The crisis of the Imserso
travel program for the elderly reopens the battle in the PSOE-Podemos coalition government. To the surprise of the tourism sector, the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra
(Unidas Podemos), has decided to continue the same conditions of the Social Tourism program for next year and not raise prices for users. A controversial position, when in recent months dozens of hoteliers have shouted to the sky for prices that barely cover half of the expenses per overnight stay, pushed by the inflationary spiral. Now, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto
, has joined the sector's criticism of Belarra by openly asking her government partner to "sit down" to negotiate with her department and the sector, to undertake a "urgent reform required by the program to improve the experience and profitability of tourism companies", in the words of the minister.