The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has advanced that the autonomous communities will soon announce new aid that will complement the rescue plan for hotels, commerce and tourism, approved by the Government last week.
“Many of the autonomous communities have announced or are going to announce new support measures for these sectors, which is excellent news, because there are hard months left, although the vaccine allows us to see the beginning of the end”, the head of the branch has advanced in the press conference after the meeting of the Mixed Trade and Tourism Sector Conference.
Regarding the new measures to be announced by the different regions, the Minister of Commerce and Tourism has referred their councilors, but has advanced the expansion of “direct aid” by some communities.
“We have seen the complementarity of the aid and the commitment to continue strengthening, within the scope of our competences, the plans and measures so that these sectors are protected and can start from a better situation in the recovery,” he stressed.
However, when questioned as to whether the Government is considering offering direct aid to the hospitality industry, as the sector urges, it has once again recalled that the Executive of Pedro Sánchez has already launched direct aid such as the 880 million euros in benefits to self-employed, in addition to the mobilization of more than 8,500 million euros to compensate the salaries of the ERTEs.
“The CCAA have put direct and ambitious measures to aid the hotel industry and the will of the Government of Spain is to continue working with them and the FEMP to continue strengthening this safety net,” he reiterated.
Maroto, who has described this extraordinary meeting as “very positive”, highlighted the “unity of action” between all administrations and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP). “We have committed to continue working together, because now the unity of action is more important than ever to offer the largest portfolio of aid to hotels, commerce and tourism, the sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis,” he stressed.
The head of the branch wanted to highlight the “extraordinary effort” that is being carried out from all Administrations to “continue to strengthen and deploy all the necessary measures and aid to protect these sectors.”
“The start of vaccination and the new General State Budgets (PGE) for 2021 open a horizon of hope for all. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to defeat the common enemy and defend the most vulnerable sectors,” Maroto stressed.
On the other hand, Maroto has valued the drop in retail trade, which has registered a decrease in sales of 5.8% in November compared to the same month of 2019, which is 3.5 points below the rate of the previous month (-2.3%), as reported this Monday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
“The data for November continue to reflect this loss of consumer confidence. We are in a month in which the restrictions on business openings and mobility are still very close,” explained the head of the branch, who has specified that this fall puts highlighting the “deficit in trade in digitization.”
In this way, digitization will be one of the Government’s priorities in 2021 and one of the lines of action to boost retail trade, while recognizing that it is “fundamental” that consumers regain confidence after a “moment of uncertainty” like the one causing the pandemic.