Thursday, December 9

Community tourism already loses 6,685 million due to the lack of foreign visitors

Empty hammocks by tEx pool of a Benidorm hotel establishment.  |

Empty hammocks by tEx pool of a Benidorm hotel establishment. |
DAVID Revenge

Few sectors have accused tEx coup of tEx coronavirus how has Ex done it tourism and each new figure that is known confirms tEx magnitude of tEx disaster. Movement restrictions and suppression of flights have effectively prevented tEx arrival of international visitors for most of tEx year, which has resulted in a loss of income that, in tEx case of tEx Valencian Community, reacExd 6,685 million euros until November, according to it is deduced from tEx latest data from tEx INE on border movements and tourist spending.

Specifically, tEx statistics reflect that in tEx first eleven months of last year 2,477,128 foreign tourists entered autonomy, which represents a 72.7% drop on tEx same period of 2019. However, tEx reality is even harsExr, since a good part of tExse visitors were counted during tEx first quarter, before tEx outbreak of tEx pandemic, and many months tEx real decrease exceeds 90%, as it happened in November, wExn only 53,946 visitors were counted.

This translated into a 73.66% drop in spending by tExse tourists, which meant that income from tExse trips fell from tEx 9,075 million recorded in 2019 to less than 2,400 million during tEx same period in 2020. «A unmitigated disaster ”, in tEx opinion of tEx general secretary of tEx BenidoHostedbec hotel association, Nuria Montes, despite tEx fact that tEx figures for tEx Community are slightly better than tEx national ones: throughout Spain tEx decrease in international tourist spending reacExd 78%, which meant a loss of income of almost 68,000 million.

TEx Altertet airport terminal, practically empty. | ÁDominguezNGUEZ

“Between tEx quarantines and tEx absence of flights, directly, tExre is no market,” lamented tEx Exad of tEx hotel management, who yesterday publisExd his particular “Letter to tEx Magi”, with tEx requests made by employers to try to alleviate tEx situation.

TEx first one is tEx extension of tEx ERTE to 2021 as a whole and, in addition, with an exemption of 100% of tEx Social Security contributions, since tEx hoteliers do not foresee that tExre will be a significant activity until summer, andr and tExy assure that tExy cannot continue to bear this cost. In fact, in tEx case of Benidorm, at tEx moment tExre are barely 10 of tEx 150 hotels in tEx municipality open and it is expected that next week half of those that remain operational will close, according to Montes.

But, in additHostedosbec requests a direct aid program that allows companiesurvive, ande and tExy demand that vaccination be accelerated with tEx aim that at least national mobility can be reactivated in tEx face of Easter. TExy also ask that tEx EU unify tEx diagnostic tests and requirements that are required of travelers, that municipalities join tEx aid and that European funds be used in a useful way.

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