Balearics tourism recovery meeting

The government, local authorities and the tourism industry are involved with the strategic projects.

03-01-2021Jaume Morey

The bulk of European "next generation resilience and recovery" funds will take some years to deliver. The package for all EU countries will be distributed from now until 2026.

The first batch of funding was allocated according to regional criteria, such as population size. Under this, the Balearic Islands are to receive 300 million euros. The remaining funds will be managed by the national government, and their distribution will be determined by proposals made by regional authorities.

In June last year, the Balearic government started to define its strategy for this European funding mechanism. A specific group comprising representatives from political parties, island councils, town halls and business was established. The Spanish government was requested to take the Balearics into account when setting the 2021 budget by factoring in some of this European funding.

As a result, there are to be one hundred million euros for tourism in the Balearics, and the group has been meeting to refine strategic projects. While these have mostly been defined by the regional government, the private sector has been heavily involved, as it will be active in implementing them.

While the initial emergency funding was focused on education, health and social services, the second round is for technological innovation, clean energy, tourism and transport. An example of the strategic projects is the government's tram project to connect central Palma with Son Espases Hospital, the airport and Arenal.

In total, the Balearic government estimates there will eventually be some 250 projects with investment totalling 5,000 million euros.

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Rich / Hace 3 months

Up to date open accounting from the start. The money is for the benefit of all in the balears and not to be wasted pursuing political aims.

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Stan / Hace 3 months

The answer for Mallorca is to make the Island Virus free. Then Tourists who are also virus free, can be allowed and will want to come to the Island. That must be Mallorca's priority.

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Mark / Hace 3 months

Wel will charge tariffs for our vaccine 😂😂😂

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Mark Badoer / Hace 3 months

100 million euros, of which 60% will actually reach a target. The rest will be wasted on external advise, discussion panels and task groups. The EU should spend 1% of it's yearly budget on checks and controls of EU subsidies. By people from one EU country checking on another EU country. The cost of 1% will be recovered 10 fold, of not 20 fold.

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david wareing / Hace 3 months

i am afraid it is a drop in the ocean. not nearly enough

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Zoe / Hace 3 months

Taking into account that Oxford vaccine costs £3,and population of Balearic is altogether less than 3 million , the wisest decision would be to get everyone vaccinated first. 100 million may not be enough but first thing to revive tourism is surely Covid Free places for people to feel confident to travel to. If course health check prior to travelling to Balearics for those who have not been vaccinated should still stay as a requirement, no matter whether those travellers are domestic, EU nationals or any other country,

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Lisa / Hace 3 months

Just a suggestion- but perhaps invest the money in getting the population vaccinated. It is the only way to kick start tourism.

We’re hearing very little about any strategic rollout. The longer it takes to restart tourism, the tougher it will be.

They can then have the luxury of time to contemplate branding. As a former Director of Comms, I would suggest an eco-friendly model.

But first things first folks.

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Roger / Hace 3 months

The money sounds like a lot...but sadly the government's idea of a strategy is so non-inclusive that it is unlikely to provide the benefits that it should or could....unless and until there is proper 'joined-up thinking', government steps back from the 'thinking process', makes changes to governance and regulatory processes and fully buys into sustainability and international trends, we will see little or no benefit...and that is so sad for The Balearics who now have the opportunity to reposition the brand and redefine the product to protect all residents and businesses for the next 10 - 20 years....but as we all know politicians are different!!!

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