Marc Pérez-Ribas of Ciudadanos in the Balearics.

Marc Pérez-Ribas of Ciudadanos.

02-02-2021@ParlamentIB

In parliament on Tuesday, Iago Negueruela insisted that the Balearics "are not competing with other destinations but with a virus". The tourism minister attacked the Partido Popular's Salome Cabrera for seeming to believe that "the virus is only here in the Balearics and that the vaccine factory is also here". "We should be serious when it comes to talking about when we should start our season, as this is a global problem."

Negueruela said that the Spanish government's plan for tourism reactivation has the "national market" in mind, but no one has spoken about the international market, "which is what concerns the islands". Tourism strategy, he added, needs vaccination and safe destinations.

Marc Pérez-Ribas of Ciudadanos suggested that a government failure to suspend the tourist tax showed that the government "lacks empathy" with the productive sector. A suspension could have helped the self-employed, workers and small businesspeople, "who are forced to sell off their properties in order to save their businesses".

The minister replied by commenting that the government has made tourist tax modules more flexible, so that "no one pays for tourists who have not come". "It's not a question of withdrawing a tax, as this has made it possible to give aid to the self-employed."

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Majorca fan / Hace 6 months

What’s this guy on? Of course majorca is competing with other destinations and always has. People choose by there previous experience and like of people and surroundings. Others by budget. Some like something new. This year the choice will be driven by the ability to have as close as normal holidays experience with limited restrictions like masks curfews no buffet selection. Majorca must be rapidly vaccinated and block non vaccinated people visiting to promote confidence.

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