SPAIN’S Prime Minister has announced today that the country won’t welcome international tourists until ‘the end of the summer’
The Prime Minister of Spain delivered another blow to the tourism industry by declaring that he doesn’t expect to welcome tourists to Spanish shores until nearly all of the population has been vaccinated.
Speaking at the 113th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization held in Madrid today, Mr Sanchez said: “Only mass vaccination will open the way to the normality we want.”
The Prime Minister went on to say that once 70 percent of Spain’s population had been vaccinated, which he expects to happen by the end of the 2021 summer season, the country would “progressively” prepare to welcome international tourists.
Pointing out that Spain is leading in the vaccine rollout, being ninth in the world and one of the first in Europe, Mr Sanchez added that our country will be “the beacon of the resurrection of tourism in all the world” and that the action the tourism industry takes now “will draw the tourism of the future.”
The announcement though was the ‘kiss of death’ for hundreds of ex-pat businesses based on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca with it now doubtful that many will survive.
“The Prime Minister with that statement has just killed off thousands of businesses that have thus survived so far,” said property developer and landlord Michael Issac in Spain’s Marbella.
He continued, “Businesses have been hanging on by a thread, that’s those who have survived but this statement and outlook on the Summer season, is the end of the line now for thousands”
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