20 May 2020
The tourism sector works on proposals for the return to activity.
– The de-escalation process leads to work on the proposals for return to activity in the different sectors..
– The International Museum Day # DIM2020 generates a week of numerous cultural activities
According to the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Transport, from the end of June the tourist activity could start if it has been possible to maintain the entire planned de-escalation program of the current state of alarm. If we except some parts of the territory that are a little more delayed in their return to normality, the rest already enjoy some activities despite the restrictions that must be maintained. The de-escalation process that reaches Phase 1 already allows the opening of some shops, the terraces of bars and restaurants or hotel establishments. A series of restrictions must be maintained, both regarding the occupation of common spaces, as well as the safety distances between people or the use of a face-mask. All this means that some positive actions are beginning to be seen in the return to activity and in the mobility of people. In particular, the tourism sector works to present concrete proposals for tourism activities taking into account the requirements and restrictions set by the Ministry of Health. In this sense, the responsibility of individuals, companies, entities and organizations will be essential to avoid a relapse of infections.
This May, the booking or tourist experience platforms have already detected 29% in the increase in advance purchases for this summer and most are oriented towards the months of July, August and September. This summer will be marked by local tourism, as travelers mainly seek local destinations. The preferences oriented towards activities in nature or on the beaches have captured the most interest and have put tourist destinations to work to prepare proposals oriented to this demand, together with the measures and requirements to maintain sanitary guidelines. marked in each phase and according to destination. In this sense, the Mirai platform, which monitors the evolution of hotel reservations weekly, highlights a significant increase from this week, which suggests that in early June the trend has changed and reservations are more positive than cancellations. The national/domestic market is the one that improves in the most sensible way and the reserves are oriented towards this last part of the year. The rest of the international markets, especially between European countries, remain on the same trend, waiting for the first air connections to start operating.
Regarding transport, the different operators adapt to the new normality and work to provide the maximum guarantees of health security. In public transport, currently, the limitation in the occupancy capacity to 50% stands out, although there is some variable such as allowing two people to sit in one of the double seats if both are part of the same family unit. In addition, additional mandatory measures such as using a face-mask during the journey on public transport or recommended such as washing hands well before or after using the service are other specifications that are published for users to carry out to avoid any contagion. The Avant Grup company has updated its corporate website with updated information on the sanitary measures that apply both to facilities, to fleet vehicles and to public transport in general, and which are useful for service users.
Since 1977, the Comitè Internacional de los Museos (ICOM) organizes International Museum Day every May 18th. This event aims to sensitize the population to the importance of museums in the development of any society. It usually coincides with a week of cultural activities and exhibitions carried out by different museums around the world and allow an approach to history and the past. In this year’s edition, the proposal has been quite different. Despite presenting a very attractive range of activities, it is carried out virtually as new technologies allow open access and give visibility to all the work carried out by the different museum institutions. This year’s motto is “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion” which wants to become a meeting point to celebrate the diversities that make up the different communities. The different museums have opened “digital windows” that allow a virtual guided tour.