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“Yolanda Díaz’s plan is completely absurd”

The president of the Tourism Board, Juan Molas, once again leads the resounding rejection of the tourism sector towards the measures proposed by the leader of Sumar, Yolanda Díaz, to limit tourism. In an interview granted to Preferential states that the plan is “completely absurd”, and only confirms the profound ignorance of the needs of Spain’s main economic engine.

Ask. Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Labor and Social Economy, has proposed three very dangerous and harmful measures for the country’s leading industry. Are you worried about this drift of the Government?

Answer. Obviously we are concerned about these Government measures. These are proposals that we hope are not supported. We particularly trust Minister Hereu, that he does not share it. He hasn’t spoken yet. The Secretary of State spoke, but neither the minister nor the Government. Therefore, since at the moment they continue to be proposals, we reject them absolutely.

We must also take into account the ALA data that we have echoed, which commented that only 0.9% was the percentage of pollution from short flights.

We have also given an example, which is the following. That client who has to go from Valencia to New York, if he cannot load his suitcases in Valencia to make a stopover in Madrid and continue… What should he do? Take the AVE, go with the suitcases, get off in Madrid, take the suitcases, get on a metro, bus or taxi to get to the airport and check in again?

Well, what the client will resort to is looking for a comfortable departure, so he will take a Valencia-Paris flight; Valencia-Frankfurt or Valencia-London to make a stopover to New York.

Which is completely absurd. We lose competitiveness, we lose customers… especially because there are other alternatives. If it is due to pollution it will be of no use because they will continue flying to other hubs.

P. Limit the arrival of tourists, create a national ecotax and ban short-haul flights. Don’t you think it’s simply a toast to the sun to gain followers?

R. Not only is it a toast to the sun, but I think the powers to create ecotaxes belong to the autonomous communities. But, in any case, there are two communities that have spoken out forcefully in this regard, such as Valencia and Andalusia, which have rejected both this ecotax and those that affect overnight stays.

We already have two examples of opposition, to which others could be added that would be much more affected because they do not have the strength in tourism terms of those we are discussing.

Q. What would Spain be without tourism?

R. Nothing. It is the first economic sector without any doubt. The one that in the most critical moments in recent years (not only in the pandemic) has been a lifesaver to move forward with the country’s economic and social problems. The work that tourism has done and is doing deserves attention and recognition.

We have been in a very serious crisis due to the pandemic, and it has managed to endure thanks to its great capacity for resilience. It generates 12.8% of direct GDP, close to 8% indirect, which is rarely mentioned, and 13% of employment.

There is another very important figure, which will be known when the data from the Bank of Spain is published, which is the more than 50,000 million positive balance in the balance of payments. We must appreciate what tourism brings to everyone’s pockets and what it means.

I call for consideration by all citizens and politicians in the exact assessment. Perhaps from the private sector we should also reflect and demand public and notable recognition of a sector that has been an example.

Q. Have you asked or are you going to ask for the resignation of Yolanda Díaz?

R. These types of decisions are not the responsibility of the Board. We do not enter into these political games. It is advisable that, before launching proclamations of this type, dialogue is requested with the sector and an in-depth understanding of the tourism problem.

Therefore, we do not enter or leave the issues of resignations because it is an issue that corresponds to the President of the Government and the political spheres.

Q. Don’t you think that these types of statements by Díaz, Garzón and other ministers demonstrate zero knowledge of the needs of the Spanish people?

R. Of course. We are already unfortunately accustomed to certain political leaders, almost always from the most radical left, using the sector as a counterpoint to discussions or ideological positions that benefit particular interests.

They do not think about the sector, much less about the whole of Spanish society, but rather they are political squabbles and confrontations that they have among themselves and that can affect us.

Q. The CNMC is going to impose a historic sanction on Booking for abusing its dominant position. What is your opinion of this measure?

R. It is a proposal from the CNMC that we are unaware of because we have not seen it, but the Board has always been very respectful of contractual relationships in private matters. We do not enter into divergences or discussions between two private companies. It is not our responsibility.

Q. Do you think that Booking has been too permissive all this time?

R. That is an assessment that corresponds to whoever competes. What is certain is that the marketing model has changed a lot in the last ten, twelve, fifteen years, and we have to be clear that new technologies are here to stay.

The model is not the best nor is it the worst. Perhaps it does require a structure and a component that is as balanced as possible for the benefit of the parties, without harming anyone.

Q. Are there reasons to think that the distribution group has failed to comply with Spanish legislation?

R. We do not know the reasons why the CNMC has reached this point, and until we have greater knowledge, we cannot give our opinion.

Q. Hoteliers have been complaining about Booking’s numerous controversial practices.

R. Yes, but it is also true that many of them have ended up agreeing in search of alternatives to be as equitable as possible. For many hoteliers, on a business balance, platforms are absolutely necessary. But I insist, within a balanced proportion.

Source: Preferente

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