The network of private hostels associated with Agalber shows its specific weight as part of the Galician tourist sector to claim greater support and a specific plan for this type of tourist establishment, deeply affected by the crisis of the coronavirus, as it depends almost entirely on the Camino de Santiago and national and especially foreign mobility. “Private hostels are the establishments with more difficulties in the tourist sector to out of this crisis, and to achieve this we call for effective and mandated measures The association explains, “We will be able to make a profit as soon as possible”.
The group, which directly employs more than 1200 people, much of them in rural areas. offers more than 13000 places, 75% of those available in all roads, and in 2019 invoiced more than 22 million euros, generating thousands of indirect jobs in service companies and suppliers throughout Galicia.
In view of the situation caused by the crisis of the COVID 19 and the paralysis in the affluence of the pilgrims, who represent more than 90% of their clients – 65% of them are foreigners – the situation of the hostels has become very complicated, as they are establishments designed to share all their spaces. “This characteristic that defines us in this crisis is also the great problem of our establishments. We understand that social distancing measures are essential to avoid the collapse of the health system and save many lives, and of course the hostels that are going to open are willing to take all the necessary prevention and disinfection measures to ensure the safety of our workers and the pilgrims and tourists we accommodate,” they explain in a statement, “but this adaptation will have costs that very few can afford. With a very low price per bed, maximum capacity less than 50%, and a very low forecast for the arrival of pilgrims, the viability The cost of the hostels for the next few months will be much more difficult than any another accommodation facility”.
Agalber’s statement also emphasizes that many of the owners and hospitaliers of these shelters are groups at risk from the pandemic so they will not open in the coming months and could be the case that many beds are lost in the face of Xacobeo 2021. For all these reasons, Agalber is suing the Xunta: