One in ten rural houses will close due to the rise in energy prices


The owners of rural houses warn of the possible closure of 10% of rural accommodation due to the increase in costs of energy, as indicated by the Spanish Association of Rural Tourism (Asetur). A figure that can “grow as the situation improves aggravating“, assured the president of Asetur, Pedro Carreno.

This is a measure that the owners will have to carry out from the middle of the month of november and that it will continue subsequent months, taking into account the winter weather, according to Carreño. The president explained that if they kept these houses on the market, they would have to “raise prices, which entails a risk of that the occupation goes down“. From Asetur they remember that “many families live from rural tourism and this can be a aggravating more” to an already difficult situation.

Tourism as a solution to the climate crisis

The general secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvilihas highlighted the need to “rethink tourism” as a generator of employment and as a solution in the face of the climate emergency, during the inauguration of the UNWTO Ministerial Summit. “Need rethink tourism: as a generator of employment, as an economic pillar and, in the context of COP27, as a solution to the climate emergency”, the Secretary General specifically highlighted.

In his presentation of UNWTO’s work in leading the transformation of tourism, Pololikashvili focused on the investment in sustainable infrastructure and in people, especially through a education of quality and the creation of decent jobs.

In addition, the roundtable brought together tourism ministers from all regions of the world, each providing unique information on their own countries. The Maldives Minister of Tourism, abdulla mausoomthe minister of Portugal, Rita Marquesand the minister of Egypt, ahmed issaThey highlighted the importance of to diversify national tourism sectors, including through domestic tourism and ruraland to create new products.

The ministers also acknowledged the UNWTO Secretary-General’s call for tourism to be integrated into the political agenda and for greater collaboration between the ministries of tourism and those of economy, business and environment.


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