The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Francisco Javier Fernández, has advocated planning, together with social agents and private initiative, to avoid problems in Andalusia that have appeared in other destinations linked to tourism and the “turismofobia” .
In an interview with Europa Press, Fernandez pointed out that “it may be the case that a ‘bachelor party’ ends up spending more, leaving more money, than another profile of a tourist in a municipality,” but he assured that “it is not a tourism of quality, that respects the space and the services that are lent “.
“It’s not what Andalusia is looking for,” stressed the counselor, who has called to “plan not to fall into that kind of tourism.” Thus, he indicated that the department he leads has already included this area in the general tourism plan with the 2020 horizon, within sustainable tourism, with public-private collaboration. Now, the counselor has pointed out that this participation should go further and, in addition, to be part of the design of the next plan, from 2020 to 2027, should be incorporated into its development and execution.
Asked about a tourist tax in the Andalusian municipalities, Fernandez has called on the State to enable this option so that each municipality has the possibility of establishing this type of tax. However, he pointed out that “any rate must have a social content, a commitment to stability in employment and to compensate citizens and neighbors for possible inconvenience”.
In this sense, it has pointed out the improvement of garbage collection, coexistence campaigns and the management of tourist flows in a city. “These types of policies are what prevent turismophobia from happening,” he said.
The councilor has also emphasized the need to improve the quality and, above all, the stability of employment in the tourism sector. “The great battle is stability,” Fernandez warned, with the aim that “tourism ceases to be where temporary employment takes refuge.”
This has linked it to the fight against the seasonality of establishments linked to the tourism sector. “If ten years ago there was talk that the powerful months were from June to August, now it is from the spring fairs until November,” said the counselor, who stressed that these data influence the stability of employment.
Finally, he warned that, taking into account one in three tourists in Andalusia is Andalusian, “it is not acceptable to charge the Andalusians themselves for visiting their land.”
The number of workers employed in the tourism sector in Andalusia has risen to 433,853 in the second quarter of the year, which is 7.5 percent more than the same period in 2017 and 16.3 percent of the total employed, according to the data of the Survey of Active Population (EPA) spread this Monday by the General Subdirectorate of Knowledge and Tourist Studies, employee of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.
At the national level, the number of workers employed in the tourism sector amounted to 2.65 million in the second quarter of the year, which is 5.1 percent more than the same period of 2017, 128,785 more employees.
The tourism sector in Spain closed with more than 2.99 million active workers in the second quarter of the year, 110.92 more people than a year ago, and an increase of 3.7 percent with respect to the same period of 2017. It grew both in salaried workers in the sector (+ 5.2%) and among the self-employed (+ 4.3%).