Spanish and British positive actions to counter Brexit
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Positive events and activities are taking place that bode well for Spanish and British relations, and more specifically to address issues relating to UK tourism in Spain and problems that may arise from the implementation of Brexit.
Most importantly, the authorities of Andalucía and the Costa del Sol have made a strong commitment to turn around the recent falling numbers of UK tourists to the region and to ensure a positive outlook for 2019.
At the end of October the city of Málaga hosted the thirtieth anniversary of a notable forum that was created to strengthen bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Spain. The Hispano-Británicas Tertulias (Hispano-British discussions and debates) came into existence after the 1988 visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Spain, and it has been held every year since, alternating between venues in both countries.
The conference saw government leaders from both nations join with industry experts and academics to discuss the international economy and current affairs, Europe and of course Britain leaving the EU.
Then last weekend two Spanish contingents landed on the streets of London to embark on a concerted mission to address the fall in British tourist visits to Andalucía, and to attend the World Travel Market (WTM).
The regional Minister of Tourism, Javier Fernández, and the president of the Costa del Sol tourist board, Elías Bendodo, lead teams on a pro-active mission to ensure British travellers that they will continue to be welcome in Spain.
Also attending the WTM convention were around one hundred business owners representing the Turismo Costa del Sol, who interacted with influential people at the industry fair.
Bendodo has reported that over 300 meetings had previously been set up to discuss UK tourism in Spain and how to improve results for 2019.
During the weekend before the three-day WTM seminar, Turismo Andaluz set up store in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, while the Costa del Sol tourist board decamped to the terminal of Victoria Station. Both authorities felt it was important to promote the region directly with the public in addition to speaking with British tour operators, agents and industry professionals.
Whilst in the capital city, the delegates were of course promoting the wonderful characteristics and features of Andalucía and the Costa del Sol, highlighting its beaches, golf courses, natural beauty and historic cities.
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