Reyes Maroto made these statements after meeting with the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, representatives of other public administrations of the Canary Islands and social and economic agents of the islands.
The minister has also advanced that on September 28, a joint document will be submitted to the European Commission, signed by the Tourism Ministers of the member countries, which will collect the new protocols and instruments needed to move “towards safe mobility”.
The minister has reaffirmed the importance of carrying out PCR tests at origin and destination, since “they will allow us to have more guarantees of safe mobility”, for which she has committed to working so that the main emitting countries of the Canary Islands (UK, Germany and Nordic countries) recognize as valid the PCR tests carried out on the islands.
“If these PCRs are not recognized, the problem we face is that later the quarantine would have to be maintained,” remarked the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín
Within the framework of the European Commission, Maroto has also advanced that they are already working on the harmonization of mobility criteria within European borders.
They do it mainly around two aspects, the increase in variables and indicators when defining “What is a safe destination”, avoiding using only the cumulative incidence index and thus having a more objective reality of the epidemiological situation; and the territorialization, to work with the singularity and not generalize destinations.
Torres, for his part, has reaffirmed that the Canary Islands “play a lot”, for which he has asked the minister to note the uniqueness of the islands and has demanded that the state economic funds be “sufficient and fair” for the archipelago.
Torres has also emphasized that the Canary Islands have reduced their contagiousness index from six points to less than one, so the objective of the regional Executive, has assured, is that the contagion curve begins to decrease in the next two weeks
In relation to the ERTE, the president of the Hotel and Extra-Hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro (ASHOTEL), Jorge Marichal, has assured that during the meeting, both the Government of the Canary Islands and that of Spain, have recognized the need to create Specific ERTE for the tourism sector.
In this regard, Reyes Maroto recalled that The Canary Islands is the fourth most protected Autonomous Community for the ERTEs, that the ICO lines, endowed with 3,500 million euros, have allowed financing to close to 24,000 Canarian companies, and that the archipelago will also have an exclusive European economic allocation to reactivate tourism.
The Minister of Tourism has also reported that she is already working with the Ministry of Labor to implement a training plan to train 70,000 workers in the tourism sector
On whether he agreement with UK and Germany will serve to save the winter season, Jorge Marichal has considered that the high season will not be able to be recovered, however, he has indicated that the creation of safe sanitary corridors would allow the opening of more than 60% of hotel facilities.
“And the balance and the breath of fresh air that this would give to the rest of the tourism sector, which depends on these hotels being open, would be impressive”, concluded the president of the hotel association.