Arona works with Network of Smart Tourist Destinations to safeguard tourism

2020/05/21 16:59:49 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The Department of Tourism for the Arona Council had a telematic meeting today with the Executive Commission of the Network of Intelligent Tourist Destinations (DTI), in which the Councillor for Tourism, José Alberto Delgado; the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto; the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, and councillors from other municipalities that make up this committee, all took part

The meeting addressed, among other topics, the lines of work that are being carried out to alleviate the crisis in the tourism sector derived from the COVID-19 pandemic. Quality, sustainability, and safety are the three main things that Arona, in particular, and Spain, in general as a tourist destination, must convey. For this, 21 protocols of different tourist activities are being developed, and which are being approved by the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Tourism is working on a plan to give greater weight to the sector within the economic reconstruction of the country, based on several pillars. The first would be supported by the protocols mentioned above to create a seal of recognition as a Safe Tourist Destination.

As the Descaling Plan progresses and, therefore, citizen mobility and economic activities recover, many more solid foundations will be given to begin talking about national and international mobility.
Not surprisingly, in the latest survey by the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS) published this week, 72% of respondents stated that they plan to travel from the moment it is allowed.
 Regarding foreign tourism, they are collaborating in the elaboration of protocols with the European Union, to promote mobility between countries that are in the same epidemiological situation.

The mayor, José Julián Mena, valued the importance of Arona, saying “anticipating and preparing the economic revival. Being part of the Executive Committee of the Network of Tourist Destinations is a sample of how this city council is committed to quality, innovation, and sustainability, to stand out nationally and internationally as a safe destination. We are a municipality in which the majority of our residents, and companies, are linked to this sector, and we have been working since the beginning of this socioeconomic crisis, caused by the coronavirus, to restore competitiveness to our tourist activity” .

José Alberto Delgado, Councillor for Tourism in Arona, said after the meeting that “we believe, now more than ever, of the usefulness and importance of being an important part of the Network of Tourist Destinations. Technology and the search for innovative solutions are of utmost importance when facing this new socioeconomic scenario derived from the health crisis. The management of the tourism sector is going to gain more and more weight, and as Arona, we want to be pioneers in facing this new tourism era”.