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The hoteliers who left Galicia on foot arrive in Madrid 600 kilometers later to claim aid

More than 600 kilometers on foot and two weeks later, have finally arrived in Madrid Antonio, Rafa, Juanjo, Rafael, Eddy, Lorena, Dani, Antonio, Marta, Sebastián, Marcos and Josà © have arrived in Madrid today. This group of hoteliers, who began their pilgrimage to the capital to claim aid for the entire sector.

The delegation arrived at the Moncloa Interchange, in the capital, early in the morning, where they were received by the employers, HostelerÃa de Espaa, represented by members of its board of directors and accompanied by representatives of various communities.

Afterwards the pilgrims have continued their march to the Plaza de las Cortes and by mid-morning they are in front of the Congress of Deputies, where throughout this day will carry out a round of contacts with the different parliamentary groups to explain the reality of the sector and the need for direct aid.

Most of these entrepreneurs have businesses that are on the edge, like much of the industry. They have been demanding a plan of aid that the Government promised two months ago but that has been postponed, week by week, due to lack of consensus between ministries.

A delayed plan

The Congress of Ministers will foreseeably approve it tomorrow, although the package will not include direct support, as expected by the hoteliers, who estimate that one in three hotel establishments in the country will close due to this delay in granting them. According to their calculations, they need direct aid worth 8,500 million euros to overcome this crisis.

Within the plan of measures that the Government has designed, there is a 50% discount on the rent to bars and venues to mitigate the effects of the crisis. The reduction will be made by the lessor, who, in return, will obtain tax incentives.

The deductions for rents, according to the draft of the future regulation, refer to the period of the state of alarm and provided that there has not been an agreement between the parties for a reduction in rent, sources from the Ministry have confirmed to EFE.

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