Buenos Aires approves protocol for the opening of hotels
The head of Government Horacio Rodríguez Larreta met with the chambers of the hotel sector to agree on a reopening for non-tourism purposes and the rules to apply when tourism activity can be resumed have already been agreed
This Wednesday decree 1519/2020 was published in the Official Gazette where the opening of Buenos Aires hotels is enabled. Yesterday, the head of the city government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, met with the chambers of the hotel sector to prepare the protocol that allows the reopening of hotels for non-tourist purposes. At the meeting, it was agreed with the sector that the opening of the hotels will start from next Monday, August 24.
For this reason, first of all, under the protocol called "for the prevention and management of Covid-19 cases in hotels and for hotels with non-tourist purposes", the opening of Buenos Aires hotels will be enabled. The establishments may accommodate people who present the Unique Certificate of Enabling Circulation (CUCH). This opening was a proposal from the chambers of the tourism sector.
Along these lines and in pursuit of a gradual and safe opening, the City has already prepared the protocol for tourist accommodation with the use of common spaces, which will be applied when tourist activity can resume. These documents follow the recommendations of the Ministries of Health of the Nation and of the City; of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Nation and the Ministry of Economic Development and Production of the City, and were prepared by the City Tourism Authority and the private sector.
Today, the authorities of the Entur porteño will have a meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Nation, Matías Lammens, to present the protocols that were developed for accommodation for tourism purposes, guided visits, tourist service centers and meeting tourism. In addition, the City's Tourist Board continues to work on protocols for the tourist bus, tourist transport and travel agencies.
“The protocols are the first measure of a work with the tourism sector that contemplates a comprehensive reactivation plan. These two instances arise after several meetings and proposals that we elaborated and approved together ”, indicated Fernando Straface, General Secretary and Secretary of International Relations and President of ENTUR.
In addition, the City confirmed that it will provide hotels with the possibility of having an international Letter of Compliance that certifies and validates the correct implementation of all processes and protocols in prevention of Covid-19.
In parallel, it is worth remembering that the safety and health protocols were presented to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to obtain the Safe Travel seal, essential to reestablish the confidence of tourists.
“First it is important to acknowledge the effort and help that the sector is giving us with our isolation strategy in hotels. Now, the approval of these protocols confirms that the City has prepared for this instance and has been preparing in advance for the different stages of the Comprehensive and Gradual Commissioning Plan ”, stated Camila Suárez, Executive Director of ENTUR.
In line with the work that the City has been doing with the tourism sector, it is worth remembering that the modification of the tax incentives law for tourist accommodation was approved in July. The measure reduces the minimum investment so that hotels can receive tax incentives and make post-Covid-19 spare parts.