Spain's tourism industry is beginning in the Corona-crisis in for a rude awakening

The bad news for Spain's tourism industry came out of the rainy and cool London. Because of rising again, the Corona must Pay for all travelers from Spain to t

Spain's tourism industry is beginning in the Corona-crisis in for a rude awakening

The bad news for Spain's tourism industry came out of the rainy and cool London. Because of rising again, the Corona must Pay for all travelers from Spain to the return to the UK in a two-week quarantine, decided by the British government on Saturday.

instantly, practically only a few hours warning. Cold not only tens of thousands were beaches caught British holidaymakers to Spain's Sun, including transport Minister Grant shapp's with his family, but also, and especially, the already ailing tourism sector of the most important European vacation country.

"death knell" for the holiday season

"The quarantine has given the tourism sector in Spain, the focus on a disastrous summer, of the Rest," was the headline in the otherwise non-alarmism-prone newspaper "El País" on Monday.

Also, Norway and Belgium have adopted quarantine rules for Spain returnees, France warns against travel to Catalonia and in other regions. Also, Germany should follow the British example, would be a complete catastrophe. "La Vanguardia" from Barcelona wrote of a British "death knell" for the holiday season.

had hoped the industry, after the end of the Corona state of emergency on 21. June and the Opening of the borders for Europeans to get away at least with a black eye.

It is likely to be hardly anything. "We are almost in August and the season is lost," said the President of the Association of Catalan travel agencies, Martín Sarrate, in the Spanish television. It was a "blow" for the entire industry.

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Corona in Spain: 280 local outbreaks

About 280 local Corona outbreaks, there is currently, according to official figures. Especially Catalonia with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona and the area around Lleida, and the Region of Aragón are affected.

Catalonia's separatist regional President Quim Torra, had emphasized during the state of emergency, the Region would have been much more effective than the can react government in Madrid to the pandemic, is now in the cross-fire of criticism.

On Monday, he made the castle even Output limits for its Region more completely. A nightmare for the people who already had to endure from mid-March onwards 14 weeks in their homes. In Catalonia as in the Rest of the country, the lack of Tracking to the chain of Infection process and to identify and to be able to interrupt. Spain has only a little more than 3500 of such employees, necessary to 8500 would be but, as the scientists Álex Arenas "El País" said.

Many Hotels were forced to close during a state of emergency, have not yet opened again. The who dared, are now reporting a wave of cancellations from the foreign and the domestic. On the beaches, the Spaniards have not been so far more, because many of the British, German, French, and other Northern Europeans to be trusted due to the pandemic in the country.

The fear of contagion in full holiday fliers, a mask, a duty to act almost in the whole of Spain, or the closure of the night-life in Catalonia a little inviting. Pictures of beer Seliger parties of German and British in Mallorca, where all of the safety rules go out the window, caused consternation.

18 percent of GDP through tourism revenue might be lost

A collapse of the tourism industry could drag the whole country down with it. In the past year, 84 million foreigners in Spain, visited. According to the national Bureau of statistics, the sector contributes more than twelve percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

According to calculations by the newspaper "La Vanguardia" revenue from tourism, with the involvement of indirect effects even more than 160 billion euros, which would correspond to 18 percent of GDP. More than three million people find work and income in the industry. "The tourism disaster can reach a colossal scale," warned the newspaper.

Madrid wants to save, to save what

is The government in Madrid is trying to save what can still be saved. Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya negotiated with your British colleague Dominic Raab about it, at least in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands from the quarantine to exclude a duty. Corona was spent on the two island groups was "under control" and the infection rate is "far below" the level of the UK. "Spain is a safe country," stressed the Minister.

Madrid but will not have a significant part of the recently agreed EU-billions in aid for the rescue of the tourism industry. So they could survive, so to speak, in intensive care, until there is a vaccine, and with a bit of luck in the next year again to start.

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Updated Date: 27 July 2020, 20:26

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