The president of Caixabank, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, assured this Tuesday that the Spanish GDP will increase by 5.5% in 2022 and that 45% of the growth will correspond to the tourism sector, for which he has requested a management of the European funds of “transparent” recovery and in which access is given to SMEs.
At XI Exceltur Forum, Goirigolzarri has detailed that these figures are the ones handled by the Caixabank research service. According to the manager, the recovery of the Spanish economy will continue to be strong, so it is expected that by the end of the year it will return to pre-pandemic levels and tourism GDP will be above 80% of what it was in 2019.
The president of Caixabank has recalled the support that his bank gives to tourism, due to the role “fundamental” role it plays in the economy and its recovery. In his opinion, the entity he chairs has “close contact” with the more than 11,700 companies in the sector, as well as with the federations and associations that represent it.
Thus, two out of every three hotels in Spain are Caixabank clients and the credit portfolio has a value of €8.2 billion, Goirigolzarri has said, who has also specified that the sector has been supported with ICO funds, of which 14% have been granted to hotels, with a moratorium of more than 3,200 million euros. Likewise, it has indicated that in 2021 this new financing, worth 2,600 million euros, has been the “highest in our history”.
Spain’s plan for Fitur
Spain will present, within the framework of the Fitur 2022 international tourism fair, the strategies to consolidate tourism recovery and the innovative projects and programs that the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism is developing to advance a new, more digital, sustainable, quality model and sure.
Maroto: “During these months we have reinforced the support instruments for the sector”
For the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, Spain has remained in a position of international leadership despite the crisis caused by the pandemic. “During these months we have reinforced the support instruments to the sector while working on the projects and strategies that will allow us to transform our model and develop everything the tourism potential of our country”, assured.
For the head of Tourism, “Spain faces 2022 with a solid foundation on which to base the recovery of tourism” and pointed out that we must take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the Recovery Plan to launch a “historic transformation” of the tourism model.
“The success of our tourism model should be based on quality and not quantity, a model based on the development of new products and services, applying innovation and digitization as engines of transformation, implementing a new model that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, that offers our visitors new and better experiences before, during and after after his visit,” explained Maroto.