The trips Imserso for the elderly will be a reality from October . The commercialization is expected to start from September after the setting of the specifications to the tourist companies. Aspiring companies to provide tourist services to the elderly can already, until Monday, June 7, 2021, can present themselves to the 2021 call.
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, confirmed this week in the presentation of the Fitur 2021 tourism fair that the Government is working “intensely” on the new specifications of the Imserso travel program that have to be updated according to of the new needs on security and on updating prices.
The increase in health security measures has forced a review of the prices to be paid by the oldest or in any case the increase in public support.
“We are still on time to approve and bring the program to the Council of Ministers. We are working with the Ministry of Social Rights on an update of the program both in terms of security and updating prices,” the minister explained.
Although most pensioners will be vaccinated in October, when all trips are expected to begin, other elements must be guaranteed, such as capacity control and security protocols that will be maintained once group immunity is achieved in summer.
At the moment, in addition, a debate is being held with the sector regarding the updating of prices of these establishments and this is another of the changes that will probably be incorporated into the new specifications.
The tourism sector in general and travel agencies in particular have repeatedly requested aid to compensate for the closure and the almost zero activity of the last year. The Imserso budget allocation is one of the ways to support companies and help maintain the volume of employment in the sector. “
Spanish travel agencies foresee a recovery in the demand for travel and tourism in June, pending the evolution of the pandemic and health decisions in each autonomous community before a possible end of the state of alarm as of May 9 .
According to the president of the Corporate Association of Specialized Travel Agencies (Acave), Martí Sarrate, “the reactivation will come from June and it is possible that this 2021 will be the one that opens a new first stage of de-escalation and that we will bill between 30% and 40% of what we invoice in 2019 if the commitments are met “.
In this gradual recovery of activity, Imserso trips will contribute, although it is possible that demand will decrease compared to previous years depending on the supply and the evolution of the pandemic.
The Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (Imserso) is one of the Social Security Management Entities in Spain responsible for managing the complementary social services of the Social Security System benefits, disability and retirement pensions.
The complementary social services of the Social Security System benefits include social tourism or vacation trips for the elderly and social spas or stays for the elderly in spas. In order to go on Imserso trips, it is necessary to be a retirement pensioner of the Spanish public pension system (or accompanying spouse). Or be a widow’s pensioner aged 55 or over, or a recipient of unemployment benefits or subsidies, aged 60 or over.