Interior Ministry to Launch Summer Tourism Safety Campaign
June 13th, 2013
A total of 29,208 agents from the Spanish National Police Force and the Guardia Civil will participate in this year’s “Operation Summer” to be launched by the Interior Ministry on 1st July, to ensure the safety of the millions of tourists expected to visit Spain in the coming months.
The operation, entitled the “Tourism Insurance Plan” which was presented by the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martinez, is intended to provide visitors with a “safer environment” for their stay in Spain, and to offer the best response possible if any tourist is the victim of a crime.
In 2012, Spain received 57.7 million international tourists, 38% of them during the summer months, making it one of the largest tourist destinations in the world. In addition, 32% of trips taken by Spanish residents occur in the summer season. Martinez emphasised that Spain is “one of the safest tourist destinations in the world”, and said that “for every thousand tourists who visit the country, fewer than one are victims of a crime”. “Security goes hand-in-hand with tourism in Spain”.
In fact, the crime rate in Spain remains among the lowest in the European Union, as reflected in the Balance of Crime report for the first quarter of 2013, published on 29th April, which noted that the incidence of crime in Spain decreased by 2.5% compared to the first three months of last year. However, the Secretary of State for Security stressed: “our ambition is always to improve the crime figures even more, and for that the National Police, Guardia Civil, and other security forces, are working daily with the intention of providing a safer country”.
Some of the measures specified in the Operation Summer 2013 Tourism Insurance Plan include the implementation of increased surveillance on roads, railway stations, ports, airports, hotels, camping and beaches, and the strengthening of security measures at shows and events involving large concentrations of people, amongst other things.
The summer campaign will be launched on 1st July, and will cover the regions of Andalusia, Asturias, Canarias, Cantabria, Valencia, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, Madrid and Murcia. It will continue until 31st August in all of these regions except the Balearic Islands, where it will end on 30th September.