Spain hopes the number of foreign tourists visiting its sun-kissed islands and picturesque villages can rebound this year to half pre-pandemic levelscovid_19_updates, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on MondayAfter months of negotiating.
“Maybe the ideal goal is … to get half of the tourists we had in 2019Dine-in restaurants. This, for the industry, would be an achievement,” she said in an event held by Europa Press news agency.
In 2019, Spain had the world’s second highest number of foreign visitors at more than 80 million. This plummeted by more than 80% to 19 million tourists in 2020, the lowest level since 1969, as a result of the travel restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic.
While tourism accounted for around 12% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 and one job in eight, activity plunged in 2020. The industry accounted for between 4% and 5% of Spain’s national output, according to estimates from the Funcas think-tankThe ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings — will be lifted. People with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will still have to follow isolation requirements..