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Hotels are planted and put Imserso at risk after rising inflation.

The travel season of Imserso 2021-2022 is coming to an end. After a two-year hiatus, travel for retirees has resumed this year, and it has done so with relative failure as just over 60% of the 816,000 places offered have been covered so far. If already this year the program was saved “as a last resort” and started late, having exhausted the resources of the Business Association and Valencian Community Hotel (Hosbec) and the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Facilities (CEHAT) to tender specifications, the next campaign is questionable because the hotel sector has stepped on the wall and is making claims, and even more so in this scenario hyperinflation and skyrocketing energy prices, an update on the price they receive for the room. “If earlier this program was a ruin, now it is technically and economically unfeasible. Imserso will not find hotels that can operate at these prices”, says Tony Mayor, president of the largest hospitality employer in the Valencian Community.

While there have already been many hotels this year that have opted out of the program because they “lost money” to hoteliers, transport companies and airlines are now joining in on threats not to participate, according to industry sources. Imserso trips 2022-2023 unless prices and economic conditions are updated by the government. The hotel management claims that the program became “obsolete” and outside market conditions, “not adapting to the minimum costs of hotel companies for the production preservation of these characteristics” and that “reformulation is urgently needed at the moment due to rising energy prices, food prices and labor costs”, which are the three main components of the provision of hotel services.

According to economic reports and employers’ calculations, the cost of a room at Imserso is between 32 and 40 euros per night, but under this program they receive only 25 euros per day. A “ruin” for the sector that clarifies the situation: “If conditions do not change, the hotelier will another sector emerging from the desert public competition for the lack of adaptation to reality. It is more profitable to close now than to operate with these losses that can no longer be tolerated,” explains Tony Mayor, remarking: “If Imserso is not held next season, thousands of jobs will be lost, and the cost because the state will be much larger than then that he would have to invest for economic adjustment, but there are leading minds who fail to see this. It is impossible that Imserso’s unfair and unjustified stinginess towards the Spanish hoteliers will again prevail.

The last award under the program, which began in 1985 and on which the state spends 116 million euros per year, was made at the end of 2021, and wholesalers Mundiplan and Social Tourism were awarded an annuity with the possibility of two extensions, “which practically do not allow make any changes or improvements“. Thus, from the hospitality sector, the Spanish government is invited to reformulate the Program for the coming years, “including budget allocations and economic price adjustments that will make it viable.”

The tourism sector is lamenting the decline of the program that allowed travel in recent times. four decades to 20 million pensioners and the “survival” of the hotel sector for many years in the autumn-winter low season. Now everyone is pointing to Podemos leader and Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 Ione Belarra and CEO Institute of Seniors and Human Services (Imserso), Luis Alberto Barriga, responsible for the economic “catastrophe” of Imserso’s travels. Faced with this situation, they warn that if there are no “solutions”, their celebration is in danger from next fall, when, theoretically, they will have to put Sale of seats for the season 2022-2023. The “deal” to spend ten days in a hotel on the Spanish coast with full board and only 235 euros is under threat. Hoteliers say it’s unprofitable.


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