The Government presented this morning at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid a tourism law reform which will mean “a historic transformation” for the sector and which will imply significant changes from the labor, environmental and social point of view. The President of the Executive, Francina Armengol, has broken down the bulk of the measures that will specifically affect the hotel plant and that, he stressed, are the result of “months of work” with employers and unions.
The category of hotels will be linked from the approval of the reform to the implementation of measures to guarantee the occupational health of its workers, reduce their energy consumption and certify that the food served in their establishments is from the islands.
“From 2023, hotels will have to install elevating beds to reduce the pathologies of housekeepers. 29.8% of the accidents in the sector, and 35% of those suffered by Kellys are related to overexertion that they will reduce thanks to this replacement of beds, some 300,000 in the islands. Starting with the superior category hotels, four and five stars. They will receive aid from European funds thanks to the collaboration of the Ministries of Tourism and Labour”, Armengol stated in an event held within the framework of Fitur in the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Marato, and of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.
The Balearic Islands wants to be “the first circular destination in the world”, the president pointed out. A formula that will provide solutions to “regenerate the environment and at the same time multiply the profitability” of companies. In this sense, “The category of hotel establishments will be linked to the reduction of waste and the use of scarce resources such as water and energy.”
In this way, each hotel will be obliged to carry out a circularity plan. “To formulate it, they must review their starting situation and quantify the waste it generates, the gases it emits or how much energy and water it consumes. They must present a five-year action strategy detailing how they will reduce consumption and generate less waste and recycle more. And later they will have to fulfill it”, has indicated Armengol.
In this sense, the new regulations will require hotels to replace fuel oil boilers with electric or natural gas ones because they are the largest source of emissions in the hotel sector. “With this measure alone, emissions will be reduced each year by 57,600 kilos of CO2 per hotel”, highlighted the head of the Balearic Executive. “Some establishments have already begun to adapt to consume green hydrogen, a clean energy source that is produced on our islands,” he celebrated.
To curb water consumption, hotels must install pressure limiters in bathrooms and sinks, and take advantage of rainwater with the help of public investment. And as for waste, Single-use amenities will be removed from the rooms -small format personal hygiene products such as shampoo- and it will be mandatory to replace the paper with the QR.
There will also be news regarding the food served in establishments. The Government wants to ensure that meat, fish and vegetables are produced on the islands, so you will check its traceability to make sure.