Soria believes the Administration should support the private sector
Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, argued today that the authorities are a tool for the private sector, because firms are the ones who know “where, when and how to invest” in the sector framework tourism.
Soria, who participated in the Third Tourism Summit organized by the CEOE, said that for tourism to maintain its competitive position, the Government is prepared to take steps to support a comprehensive strategy that defines the role of public sector and private.
The summit was opened by Queen Sofia and closed by the Minister of Industry, which the President of the Tourism Council of the CEOE, Joan Gaspart, has given twenty proposals for tourism developed during several months by associations of all tourist .
Employers welcomed the initiative of Minister of Industry and Gaspart stressed that for the first in history, the minister put on the table the possibility of a complete collaboration of public and private world and be together in the promoting tourism in Spain through Turespaña.
Also, this is one of the proposals have been submitted to Minister in the hope that they can be included in the Comprehensive Plan for Tourism which is in draft stage.
However, Soria has said it can not make a commitment to include all in the plan, since, in his opinion, is better than just those that are actually able to carry out.
The main sector proposals relate, inter alia, to strike a new law stating that tourism and encompasses the various activities, including transport, essential services and should preserve their good performance at all times.
President of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT), Juan Molas, the Government has also claimed immediate action “hard and forceful,” before the strike of the pilots of Iberia convened every Monday and Friday until 20 July.
Another issue of concern to employers is the increase in airport charges under the State Budget 2012 and Molas explained that there can be a disproportionate increase of them to bear the losses of loss-making airports.
Soria has announced a commitment from the Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor, so you can relax the aforementioned higher rates in areas most dependent on air transport and valley hours and days.
The minister has said that he favored the rates are as low as possible, but that the current financial situation “is what it is.”
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