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Minimum wage, AVE to Barajas, Thomas Cook … the clouds that fly over Fitur


"This is like the ride." One of the assistants of Fitur He reacted on Wednesday to the deployment of security (and the barrier to curb curious) during the inauguration of the key fair for the tourism sector. A deployment justified by the institutional presence. The Queen Letizia It was accompanied by the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet; the Minister responsible for the Tourism Portfolio, Reyes Maroto; the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso; and the Mayor of the capital, José Luis Martínez Almeida. Left and right administrations, which exemplify one of Fitur's editions where debates have not only been marked by the business component, but also by the politician.

Even before the start of the fair, the mayor of Madrid launched a claim, in the form of a million-dollar investment, to the Executive of Pedro Sanchez. He urged that the lines of High speed train arrive to Barajas airport, instead of staying at the Chamartín or Atocha stations. It is not a new request, but it has been on the table of public administrations for years and it is still latent given its high cost (it can reach up to 400 million euros), because the speed of these trains would be limited and because there are already subways and suburbs to link the capital with its airport.

Sanchez's executive reaction was limited. On the one hand, because the Minister of Tourism limited herself to pointing out that it will be seen if the cost “fits”. On the other, because the presidents of companies controlled by the State (Renfe Y Aena) They also did not launch the campaigns on the fly and left the support for that request in the air. “We would be delighted to get to Barajas if they put the tracks on us. But who pays it? The General Budgets? The clients? The companies? ”, Wondered on that same day, the Hotusa Forum, the President of Renfe, Isaías Táboas.

It is not the only issue related to the AVE that Fitur 2020 marks. The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalosannounced that the ‘low cost’ version of the high-speed train, Avlo, between Madrid and Barcelona opens with 10,000 tickets at a price of five euros. An offer that attacks the waterline of the airlift, operated by Iberia, already damaged after the Mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, will propose its elimination to reduce pollutant emissions.


Fitur is a political magnet. In its first three days, those reserved for professionals (this year 150,000 were expected, to which about 100,000 private visitors will be added, who can attend the weekend), the candidate to head Cs has passed through the pavilions , Inés Arrimadas; the president of the PP, Pablo Casado; or the Cantabrian president Michelangelo Revilla. But also business. It is time to announce openings, future plans and claims to public administrations.

In this last field, the first sword and CEO of Meliá criticized the blow that the minimum salary of 950 euros will represent for a sector where employment is, in many cases, of low qualification and seasonal. Gabriel Escarrer consider that the new SMI may have “serious” consequences. He assured him as a representative of the sector (presides over the Exceltur lobby) in a forum before Pedro Sánchez, because it coincides with "a moment of deceleration of the economy in general and tourism in particular."

This rise in salary costs comes after months in which the big hotels have had to manage problems where they do not have much room for maneuver: the presence of the algae sargasso in the Caribbean, deaths in hotels in Dominican Republic (which was followed, according to the companies, a disinformation campaign by the United States to damage tourism on the island); the slowdown of the German economy, the uncertainty of Brexit, or the bankruptcy of the tour operator Thomas Cook. This last blow especially hard in a key destination, such as the Canary Islands, where signs of recovery are already perceived. And all this, waiting to see if the Chinese coronavirus has any effect on the tourism to the Asian continent.

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