Spain Launches Campaigns to Guarantee It Is a Safe Summer Tourism Destination

The outlook for Spain’s economy is looking grim, particularly its leading tourism sector. By the end of the year, economists predict that unemployment rates in Spain will rise from 14 per cent to a whopping 23 per cent.

Spain is also the twelfth largest economy in the world and the fourth largest in the European Union. But, according to the European Commission, the Mediterranean country is now facing an almost 11 per cent decrease in the economy by the end of this year as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

To help recover the tourism sector, the Government allocated more than 4.2 billion euros[2], most of which will be spent on covering government guarantees for tourism sector loans, a moratorium on mortgage payments, and a lowering of airport taxes for airlines.

Operation Summer Plan: 40k Guards to Be Deployed in Tourism Areas

Operation Summer, which began on July 1, will last until August 31, during which period over 40,000 National Police and Civil Guard officers will be deployed in the autonomous communities of Andalusia, Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, the Valencian Community, Galicia, Madrid and Murcia, as well as in the Balearic Islands.

The operations in the territory of the latter will continue until September 30.

The primary purpose of this operation is to increase security in these tourist areas, by increasing surveillance and preventive control in urban and interurban communication routes, stations, ports, airports, hotels, beaches and camping sites.

In addition, this summer, the agents of both bodies will ensure compliance with health recommendations. Among other missions, they will guarantee social distance in public spaces of access, transit or stay and in the means of transport, as well as the use of the mask when it is mandatory or not possible to keep the security separation.

Safe Tourism Plan to Protect Tourists from Scams & Other Criminal Activity

The primary purpose of the Safe Tourism Plan is to avoid the specific criminal activity that tourists, both national and foreign, may suffer throughout the national territory, both in their vacation or leisure stays and in outward or return of the same.

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