Somehow it’s comforting that on its 42nd edition, FITUR (Feria Internacional de Turismo) went ahead and held a real people-with-people trade fair instead of a disheartening virtual. This sends a clear message that tourism must not remain grounded but must instead learn to coexist with safety protocols in a world of new normal. Head-on, it has met the challenge of reinstating tourism as a key engine for economic development in the aftermath of the pandemic. For the purpose, the organizers had envisioned a robust and decisive fair, one that generates trust and optimism in the sector.
Spain is staying on the fast track toward fully inoculating 70% of its population. In the "old" days of the pre-Delta variant, this meant herd immunity. But now experts think herd immunity will be raised to over 80% and doom-mongers are saying herd immunity is a pipe dream. Spain is wary of setting a date for achieving the new herd immunity. But there's no stopping the country from making that "pipe dream" come true And not in the distant future!