The Government does not contemplate, for the moment, the expansion of 600,000 places that the Spanish hotel employers had requested for the vacation program organized by the Imserso for the 2021-2022 campaign.
Specifically, entities such as Hosbec, the Benidorm hotel association, had proposed to go beyond the 900,000 beds that the program had in the last year without a pandemic, 2019, to 1.5 million for the next campaign, with the aim of revitalizing the sector in low season after a year and a half closed and in anticipation of a summer at half gas.
However, the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, explained this Monday in a visit to Alicante that no increase in capacity was part of the government’s plans, although other demands of hoteliers could be addressed.
Maroto referred, for example, to the problem of prices, which entrepreneurs consider “unfair” and “out of market value”. In fact, the national employer, Cehat, even lodged an appeal in the National Court when indicating that the 2019 statement had been drawn without having carried out a cost study.
At the Imserso the cost per person and room is 21 euros a day in full board, although it varies somewhat depending on the category of the establishment. Employers believe that these rates should be increased by at least 20% to become viable.
“As it stands, it is a program of sustained misery”, assures the general secretary of Hosbec, Nuria Montes, who indicates that many hotels are still included in the program due to the logistical problems of closing in winter to open three months later.
In this sense, the Minister of Tourism explained that a low price model does not match the Executive’s policy of having ‘low cost’ tourism, although the review of the technical characteristics of the specifications it depends on the Ministry of Health.
The Imserso canceled
The Imserso program was one of the first things that was eliminated with the start of the health emergency in March 2020, because it affected the population most vulnerable to Covid.
The hotels asked the Government to launch a similar program extended to other age groups, and even a proposal was recently submitted from Cehat to launch a travel voucher with a budget of 500 million to relaunch the sector.
Regardless of the measures that complement the traditional Imserso is a priority for several regions that depends on him to seasonally adjust tourism.
As reported by EL ESPAÑOL, last week the Valencian Community, Andalusia and Catalonia joined forces to demand the return of these subsidized trips from the central government in the autumn. The calendar with which the Government works sets the return of the Imserso in October, although everything depends on the “rate of vaccination.”