Last Thursday various representatives of the Association of the Nautical Enterprises in the Balearic Islands (AENIB) met with the new councillor of Tourism and Sports, Jaime Martinez, to pass him the worries and preoccupations of the sector and to find out first hand what measures his department is planning to take to support the Balearic nautical sector.
During the course of the meeting, AENIB made it clear how important it is to keep in mind the distinctive aspects of the nautical tourism in future legislative processes. Besides, the nautical entrepreneurs requested a summons of the ATB tourism working group and an elaboration of a plan for 2014 that would include all sectors. Another issue that worries the AENIB is that the Balearic Islands might be left outside the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2010. For the association "our aim is that the Balearic Islands will become a priority when the EU decides over the financial programs dedicated to the development of "Blue Growth" projects. This way, projects related to Nautical Tourism can be attended as well. The Balearic Maritime Cluster is the suitable organism in this case".
The councillor Martinez on the other hand informed the entrepreneurs of a new system called Online Tourist Management, and of a plan for seasonal adjustments in tourism. Mr Martinez also assured that a New Comprehensive Plan of Tourism 2015-2020 is being outlined. The nautical sector will get a special emphasis in this new plan, which will be coordinated by the Direction General of the Department of Tourism.
Both parties appreciated the meeting and qualified it productive. Margarita Dahlberg, the president of AENIB, took the opportunity to emphasize the good communication that exists between the association and the Direction of Ports and Airports