Maroto values ​​the opening of the Chinese market despite the wave of Covid cases


The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has indicated that the recovery of the Chinese market after the coronavirus pandemic is a “positive” element for tourism. All this, despite the “uncertainty” generated by the increase in cases in the country, for which the Government is “facing it responsibly”.

During his participation this Wednesday in the Spain Investors Day event -which includes Efe- Maroto stressed that the opening of the Chinese market on January 8 “it’s good news”although “moderated by the increase in the pandemic in China”.

“There is now an element of uncertainty but also a positive one, which is the opening of the Chinese market. We are facing it responsiblysince measures are available for the control of passengers and the incident”, stated Maroto, who recalled that it is a market with “growth potential”.

With lead feet before the opening of the Chinese market

China was the world’s leading source of tourism before the pandemic and, in Spain alone, 896,610 Chinese tourists arrived in 2019, with an average expenditure of 2,563 euros, a notably higher outlay than the average tourist who visits Spain.

Currently, Spain requires passengers from China to have a negative test against Covid-19 or full vaccination schedule in the face of the increase in the coronavirus in recent weeks in the country after the current travel restrictions ended on January 8.

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