“We have not yet given up all the high season nor can we afford to give up the year and statements like those of Minister Yolanda Diaz are, at least, of a major irresponsibility. She is playing with the work of 120 thousand people in Galicia”. In the words of the president of the Tourism Cluster of Galicia, Cesáreo Pardal, the situation is critical enough for the tourism sector so that “we can afford out of place statements that contribute more than to generate confusion and nervousness among the sector and the population in general,” said Pardal, referring to the statements that Minister Diaz on the reactivation in two times of the different productive sectors, which would lead the tourism sector to remain inactive until the end of the year.
In this regard, the president of the CTG fully subscribes to the statements of the Bureau of Tourism, which has labeled these statements by Yolanda Diazs as reckless and irresponsible, as well as incongruous because they are not consistent with those made by other members of the Government of Sanchez and “not even the head of Economy define this process of de-escalation, which is the responsibility of Health. “It is an absolute nonsense and a free blow to the tourism sector,” says Cesáreo Pardal, who warns that for the vast majority of companies in the sector to keep them closed until the end of the year would lead them not to raise the shutters again.
In this sense, Pardal considers that the effective calendar of the de-escalation should be studied very carefully, prioritizing obviously the sanitary control but he exorted the politicians not to “talk for the sake of talking”. “We are talking about a sector that in Galicia accounts for 11% of all employment and generates 10.4% of the Gross Domestic Product. We have the right for our politicians to speak seriously and coherently”, he said, avoiding deeply unfortunate statements such as those of Díaz or the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, who advised citizens not to book trips for this summer.
“We must demand from our political representatives an exercise in responsibility and that they send us clear messages, facts, not speculation or probe balloons. We, as the industrial fabric of the tourism sector, keep all channels of communication open so that they can convey their proposals to us and explain the de-escalation plans they are studying so that the recovery takes place in the best possible terms”. “We are ready to start working as soon as they tell us and we know the new protocols that we have to implement, but we must convey confidence and security to both travelers and international markets. The stakes are high,” he concluded.