Pedro Sánchez, speaking at the meeting of the World Tourism Organization's executive council

Pedro Sánchez, speaking at the meeting of the World Tourism Organization's executive council.


At a meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization's executive council in Madrid on Tuesday, Pedro Sánchez said that he was "convinced" that once 70% of the population had been vaccinated, Spain would be "progressively" better prepared to receive foreign tourists.

"The government is working on vaccinating at the greatest possible rate. Spain is in fact the ninth country in the world in terms of vaccination and one of the leaders in Europe." The seventy per cent of population will have been vaccinated, the prime minister anticipated, by the end of the summer.

Crises, he stated, are opportunities for transformations, for a more sustainable tourism sector that is rooted in the environment and which respects the diversity and identity of each place. The tourism of the future, Sánchez observed, will be inspired by digitalisation, ecology, diversity, equality and sustainable development goals. It will be a model for "generating prosperity, conserving the environment and preserving traditions and history".

The 2021 budget, he explained, has allocated 660 million euros to tourism sector sustainability plans, 150 million euros for the rehabilitation of properties for tourism use, 64 million for digital transformation of the sector and 46 million euros for "resilience strategy" in destinations such as the Balearics and the Canaries. Including funds from the European Recovery Plan, tourism will receive 3,400 million euros.


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John Parkinson / Hace about 1 year

Is Mr Sanchez for real?So,2021 is a write off.Do I now change my June,July and October flights to another country who have positive people in charge of tourism. Also I come to Mallorca for the weather,the food ,the people. No disrespect but not for the the diversity,the environment and sustainable tourism(whatever that is) If you lose this year then you will be playing catch-up for next 5 years because your loyal tourists will have found other places to holiday


Jeremy / Hace about 1 year

So are they saying no tourists until the end of the summer ?

In which case I may as well get me boat moved to a cheap mainland marina.

They need a bit more ambition


Stan / Hace about 1 year

Getting Mallorca completely vaccinated and free of the Virus. Will be the biggest attraction for Tourists, who are equally tested virus free.


Zoe / Hace about 1 year

That changed within the week! was it not that 70% were going to be vaccinated by June? I love Spain as a whole and Balearic in particular but right now, I am happy to be in UK. Vaccination is rolled out at break neck speed. Hopefully a certificate of being vaccinated will allow us to travel soon. Come on Spain tortoise's pace vaccination will not do! we are anxious to visit :)


Yogi / Hace about 1 year

End of the summer? So what he is really saying is that’s 2021 screwed then!