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Wanted but forbidden!
Approximately 32 per cent of tourists in Spain who currently choose a rented apartment over a hotel room would choose another resort if their preferred option was not available locally.


The association is fighting for a revision of the legislation
The association is fighting for a revision of the legislation

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06.11.2015 - The unsurprising result came from a study of 775 holidaymakers and 445 property owners carried out on behalf of the Spanish holiday lets owners’ association Fevitur.  The President of Fevitur Pablo Zubicaray was one of the main speakers in Santa Cruz at the second forum of the Canarian Association for holiday rentals Ascav. 

The survey did not include data from the Canaries, but the situation is still comparable to other holiday destinations claimed Zubicaray.  In 2014 in Mallorca for example, 1.5 million tourists chose this option and spent €1.26 billion in the area, benefiting local businesses and restaurants, shops, public and private transport, companies offering recreational activities etc..

Last year, new legislation should have entered the statute book for this sector of Canarian holidaymakers’ accommodation.  Owners of holiday resorts and the hotel lobby were very much against bringing the holiday lets into the legal fold, despite the fact there is already an existing rental market which has been functioning for over 40 years and brings in over a million tourists here.  Holiday let owners were in favour of minimum standards legislation and full declaration of income and were working with the authorities on legislative proposals to bring this about.

Then, out of the blue and just before he was replaced in the May elections, the former Canarian President Paulino Rivero allowed an alteration to the bill which left 90 per cent of the accommodation, approximately 50,000 homes across the Canaries, out in the cold.  An appeal was filed immediately and is still to be heard; meanwhile the legislation is on hold.

“I learned at University that it is important to listen to what the customers want” stated Zubicaray at the forum.  He spoke clearly in favour of private accommodation lets and in favour of a revision of the latest law.  The words of Juan Franch Fluxá, Business Law lecturer at the Balearic Islands University, were also significant.  He had no hesitation in calling the Canarian procedure a “statutory monstrosity.”  The association is fighting for the right to rent properties in residential and tourist areas.

 



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