The cancellation of the remainder of the Imserso travel season, agreed this Tuesday at the Minister council, as a consequence ofCovid-19, will be reflected in a loss of 90,000 jobs and 350 million euros in the annual budget of national travel agencies and hotels.
This economic damage, which is added to the income not collected due to the lack of inactivity of said excursions during the month of February and mid-March, is interpreted by the president of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies (CEAV), Carlos Garrido, like “lousy” news. And it is that, The almost 900,000 places in the program that have remained unsold will not allow companies in this sector to save the low season.
Despite the fact that this elderly tourism program is not the bulk of the agencies’ billing, the suspension has come to aggravate a crisis in which these offices have lost around 90% of the 25,000 million euros that this sector invoices annually. Likewise, it puts 90,000 jobs at risk that will affect, among others, the 70,000 employees of the 9,500 Spanish travel agencies, according to CEAV data, and to income from all indirect and induced business generated by the public program.
As Garrido explains, The public to whom the Imserso is directed is a population at risk. However, the president has regretted that there has not been a parallel program to stimulate domestic demand and has not hesitated to label this action as “a very worrying inability” of the Administration to propose viable alternatives to the program and encourage demand. .
For his part, the Secretary of State for Social Rights, Nacho Alvarez, in an appearance in Congress he spoke of it would be “foolish” to make thousands of people travel to save the tourism sector.
For the Federation of Territorial Associations of Travel Agencies of Spain (FETAVE) the cancellation of this project generates an image of unsafety. While the National Association of Spas (ANBAL) takes the suspension of the Thermalism Program as something reasonable and requests that the contract be extended for 2021.