Canaries wants source tests, 'green corridors' and health passports to revive tourism
"The UK, the top foreign tourist market for the archipelago, is taking the 'most backward steps' during the pandemic, and is also no longer an EU community territory after 'brexit', which will mean separate negotiations"
The Minister of Tourism for the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, demanded today (Monday) that the European Union pass the notion as soon as possible to implement the necessary tourist measures, to proceed with the reactivation of tourism.
If not, as all the autonomous communities have time scales at a community level, it opens the door for us to establish negotiations directly with airlines, tour operators, and hotel chains.
In a digital tourism forum organized by 'eldiario.es', and in which the Minister of Tourism for Spain, Reyes Maroto participated, the Canarian councillor stated that a health passport "would help a lot", in the same way as testing in the place of origin, "before getting on the plane” would, followed up with APPs for when you return with 'blockchain' technology, which would add to the health protocols that airlines have designed.
Likewise, she is in favour of establishing "reciprocal" agreements between autonomous communities or countries, and establishing "green corridors" between territories that have the same epidemiological characteristics.
"Otherwise, the confinement will not have been of any use," she pointed out, regretting in this sense that the UK, the top foreign tourist market for the archipelago, is taking the "most backward steps" during the pandemic, and is also no longer an EU community territory after 'brexit', which will force separate negotiations.
"We must eradicate the fear of flying and travelling so that people see we are a safe destination, and that we are adapting to the new reality," she said.
Castilla has appealed to "have everything ready" for when the tourist activity can be reopened, and in this context has framed the 'Canarias Fortaleza' plan where the comprehensive experience of the tourist is studied from the moment they leave their home until they reach their destination.
She also noted that "the coronavirus is here to stay", either in the current form, or with another future virus, and although "hopefully" a vaccine is found, she maintains that "steps must be taken" to guarantee health security.
For this reason, she said that "it is essential" that public and private healthcare "work well", giving as examples, the good management carried out in La Gomera with the first case of coronavirus in Spain, or the episode of isolation in the Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, which shows that it is a "competitive" factor compared to other destinations.
ZERO TOURIST HAS BEEN "VERY PAINFUL"
Castilla has also commented on the fact that "zero tourism" in the islands, "has been very painful" because tourism is the main industry of the Canaries, causing great losses for everyone.
For this reason, she once again reminded the Minister that it is "fundamental" to extend the ERTE in the tourism sector until the end of the year, because it supports the "survival" of the subsector, and emphasized that tourism has a “positive drag effect” on other subsectors.