The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Marotospoke in New York at the United Nations General Assembly High Level Forum on Sustainable and Resilient Tourism.
In his speech at the event, entitled “Putting sustainable and resilient tourism at the heart of an inclusive recovery”, Maroto highlighted that Spain is a pioneer in the implementation of social sustainability plans endowed with 20 million euros and urged UN Member States to include the social dimension in their tourism policies to promote an inclusive revival of tourism around the world.
“These plans will have a very positive impact on improving the competitiveness of the tourism sector since they will allow the development of actions in two fundamental areas of the social sustainability of tourism in Spain; one, with regard to the rights work, the fight against discrimination in the workplace, the dissemination of good practices in the work environment and the quality of the employment contract; and two, concerning the company’s participation in the development of actions in the area of inclusion and the fight for gender equality. will benefit 75% of workers in the tourism sector. Social agents and regional and local administrations will participate in the implementation of these social sustainability plans” , said the Minister.
These actions include supporting the development of a “Fair Hotels” programme, which reinforces the value of quality of work measures, including work-life balance in the workplace, career development and professional training. It also includes the creation of an observatory for social sustainability in the tourism sector and actions to stimulate corporate social responsibility in tourism enterprises. Finally, the plans will focus on actions to communicate good practices in the sector that can serve as a model and improve the perception of the social sustainability of the sector.
In her address to the UN, the Minister highlighted Spain’s vision of tourism as an essential element of economic and social development, generating decent jobs, preventing depopulation and adding value to the natural and cultural heritage of nations, thus contributing to their conservation.
For Maroto, “Tourism is a sector capable of generating well-being and social development in all countries of the world. We must also work to ensure that it is a sector that attracts the best talent, especially young people, and that it brings as much benefit as possible to the communities that host it.
The Spanish government wants to accelerate the transformation of tourism with the Modernization and Competitiveness Plan which, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, mobilizes more than 3.4 billion euros of public resources, most of which part will be allocated to measures to transform the sector towards sustainability and digitization, and to measures aimed at stimulating the local tourist economy.
The Minister concluded her speech with a call to “make tourism a tool that contributes to a fairer, more prosperous, more egalitarian and more inclusive society”.