Spain's tourism minister previously said that the country is expecting 40 million tourists this year. With the summer travel season fast approaching, is this number realistic?
Spain expects digital vaccine certificates to ease travel within the European Union will be ready in June at the latest, foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Wednesday.
Faced with a pandemic that has killed more than 900,000 people in Europe and thrust the continent into its deepest recession, EU leaders agreed last month to work on vaccine certificates to kick-start the tourism, which has been hit hard.
“We are in Brussels with a proposal made by the Commission to the European Parliament,” Gonzalez Laya told Onda Cero radio station, saying the parliament had agreed to fast track the certificates to ease travel in Europe.
The vaccine certificates would not prevent non-vaccinated people from travelling, Gonzalez Laya said, but people with the certificate would go through borders faster while others would have to go through all the existing controls.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo, Anita Kobylinska and Inti Landauro; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Edmund Blair)
Photo credit: Destinations like the pictured Al Hambra in Spain have been deserted since last year as local tourism faced the onslaught of the pandemic. Richard Penn / Richard Penn/Flickr