Spain's tourism minister, Reyes Maroto

Reyes Maroto, speaking in Palma in October.

04-10-2021Miquel À. Cañellas

Spain's tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, has once more stressed that Spain is a "safe destination" and has expressed her hope that the current wave of infections caused by Omicron will decrease quickly.

At a Thursday press conference, Maroto stated that Spain "is considered to be one of the safest countries" and that this stems from the "responsibility" displayed by the great majority of the public who have been vaccinated.

She highlighted the fact that the country is now in the middle of the booster vaccine phase and is also giving children the vaccine. "We have achieved this, despite the many criticisms and doubts from those who reckoned that it (the vaccination programme) would take years."

Maroto called for people to be cautious when interacting, adding that there is safe travel in Spain, which is allowing a balance to be maintained between containment of the virus and recovery from economic crisis.

On Omicron, she pointed to experience in countries such as South Africa and Germany, where "it is being seen that cases begin to decline in a rapid way".

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Charlie / Hace 25 days

This may all be true, but France’s latest declaration banning people travelling to or from the U.K. by road via France will deter many people from visiting Spain.

France includes people who are legal residents in other EU countries or Schengen member states. They will only allow U.K. citizens to fly over France, with the exception of ex-pats who are legal residents of France.

This is the French Ministry of Spite at it’s hate-filled anti-British best, and is designed to seriously damage tourism and ex-pat residents in Spain and other EU member states.

Maybe one day people will wake up to French total self-interest at the expense of whoever they deem subordinate to them, which is everyone except their German masters.

I’ll be pointing out French owned vacant properties to our local active squatters in future.

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