PIMEM, CAEB and the catering sector, Afedeco, FEBT (Federation of Transport Companies of the Balearic Islands), Aviba and the hotel associations of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza criticize the government’s lack of information on the new tourism law, which was presented on January 17 in Madrid. The Minister of Tourism and Employment, Iago Negueruela, announced yesterday at the Palacio de Congresos in Palma that in three weeks or “before Easter it will be approved by the government”. The employers’ associations were informed of the law at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid on January 14, three days before it was presented to ministers Yolanda Díaz and Reyes Maroto, as well as social and economic agents.
The CAEB declared yesterday: “The feeling is widespread among employers and in our sectors of lack of information. We have no plans and we don’t know what to expect, hence the concern in the sectors of hotels in the Islands, Afedeco, Restaurants, Aviba and discretionary transport. don’t know what to expect or how it will affect the productive sectors of the tourism value chain in Mallorca and the rest of the islands”.
PIMEM President, Jordi Mora, was much more explicit: “We are missing the draft law, although they give us explanations to our questions. Talk about its approval by the Council in a few weeks, in our opinion, is rushing. A law on tourism is not made in a few weeks and it is necessary, especially with a law of these characteristics, dialogue and sufficient time for negotiation with the economic agents”. The employers point out that the law “was presented in Madrid more for a question of aesthetics and image only for efficiency”.
UGT and CCOO agreed that “we also don’t have the draft law and the only thing we are waiting for is to see the document to verify whether our recommendations have been introduced or not”. Negueruela said “In a few weeks, before Easter, we will present the entire text of the law with the widest consensus, since we are working with discretion so that there can be consensus and final agreement.” The Minister added that he did not understand why all the emphasis was placed on “knowledge of the text, since the important thing is the backgroundHe stressed that his announcement in Madrid last week “caused reactions abroad because of the scope of the law, so we should not focus on the anecdote”.