Thanks to LANCELOT DIGITAL – Torres calls for urgent consensus in the EU on the health certificate for travel

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has requested this Monday that the health certificate for travel be agreed “urgently” within the framework of the European Union (EU), since he has considered it “key” for a transit of “safe” people.


This is what Torres has requested during his speech at the presentation ceremony of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Destination Sustainable Tourism Strategy at the Jameos del Agua Auditorium, in the municipality of Haría (Lanzarote).


Torres has stressed that tourism is currently at the expense of external factors such as the need to agree, “urgently”, in the EU that health certificate that, influenced,


In this sense, he pointed out that the Canary Islands aspires to recover tourist activity “by 70 and 80 percent” in the last months of the year 2021 with respect to what it had in 2019, setting the years 2022 and 2023 as those of the recuperation.


Although, he has clarified that it is necessary “to advance in energy efficiency, respect for the environment and digitization to achieve sustainability in all its wide extension”, transforming the tourism sector in this framework.


Thus, in relation to the Strategy presented by the Ministry, he added that they are connected with the actions promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands, which intends to carry them out through European funds in its commitment to green transformation.


As for tourists, the Canarian president has stated that a reduction in the overall number of tourists “does not have to affect productivity”, since he has clarified that “they will travel, perhaps to fewer places, but for more days” Hence, he advocated making the benefits of sustainability “coexist with a lower carbon footprint, with decarbonization” and that tourists will demand more and more from their destinations.


However, he has pointed out that previously it is necessary to “logically get out of this nightmare that is the Covid-19” but, he clarified, it is necessary to “do it with a sustainable mentality, digital and with resilience tools and, above all, appealing to hope and optimism. ”


He added that “no” you can fall into the same mistakes you made, although you have to restart “being aware that you have weaknesses but also strengths”, hence he transmitted to the Ministry that he will be able to count on the Canary Islands to “share knowledge, join forces, do it. with all territories and understand that “there is only one” enemy, the pandemic.


In relation to this, he stressed the importance of extending vaccination, underlining that in the case of the Canary Islands the objective is, as in the whole of Spain, to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated in the coming months.


“There is undoubted logistical potential, supplies cannot fail,” he added, adding that the Canary Islands have more than 250 points to vaccinate and this week he hopes to reach 25,000 vaccinated and contain infections, since in a week there are between “20 and 30 infected less. That invites optimism. “