The hotel industry turns off lights and stoves to give visibility to the historical rise in receipts
A symbolic blackout. establishments of hostelry from different provinces have turned off this Tuesday its lights and stoves to give visibility to the repercussion of the increase in the electricity bill in their businesses, which in some has multiplied up to three times. A protest that has been replicated in Granada, Córdoba, Ciudad Real, León, Murcia, La Rioja, Alicante, Almería, Ávila, Seville, Lleida, Zaragoza, Teruel, Asturias, Salamanca, Segovia, A Coruña, Huelva, Cádiz, Jaén, Malaga and Cantabria.
In Seville, The break took place from 12:00 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. and was supported by establishments throughout the city, reaching its peak in the central Plaza de la Alfalfa, where a manifesto was read in the that the measures demanded by the sector to try to save a situation that is considered “serious”.
The rest of the Andalusian cities have supported the partial strike at seven in the afternoon on Tuesday, the time in which the protest has been carried out in most of the country. Fifteen minutes has lasted the blackout of the Rioja hoteliers, who have carried out the act of protest on the El Espolón de Logroño promenade, while the clients who were on the terraces have remained on them.
In Santander The Plaza de Cañadío has been chosen symbolically to make the 5-minute blackout visible and, as in the rest of the cities, a manifesto with the demands of the sector has been read. Among the places where the protest has also taken place is Real city, where businessmen from the hospitality, tourism and commerce sectors of the capital have symbolically burned electricity bills in a concentration in the Plaza Mayor.
According to the hoteliers, they receive electricity bills that triple those of a year ago and that leave many businessmen with very little margin and without knowing how much they will be able to endure.
Given the seriousness of this situation, they demand five basic measures, such as the revision and modification of the tariff calculation system and having a statute similar to that of the intensive electrical consumer or approving electricity bonds with the remnants of the Covid aid to the sector that is estimated at 3,000 million euros.
They also ask eliminate tolls and find contracting formulas adapted to reality, a reduction in electricity taxes and regulatory costs with temporary suspensions, moratoriums and postponements and promoting group purchasing systems, among other measures. The hotel and catering sector in Spain is made up of 320,000 establishments -88% restaurants- that employ 1.7 million workers, so It is one of the main economic engines of the country.
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