Keeping tourists safe this summer.

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THE government has presented a ‘Safe Tourism Plan’ which aims to improve safety in tourist areas such as the Costa del Sol. Nationally there will be more than 42,780 National Police and Guardia Civil on duty from July 1 to August 31 to guarantee the safety of the 55 million tourists expected to visit Spain this summer.

The new plan was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, and the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Miguel Sebastian. Rubalcaba said that “Europeans come to Spain because they know it is one of the safest places in Europe, with one of the lowest crime rates”.

The main objective will be to reinforce security in the major tourist areas, as well as putting in place campaigns in 10 languages and giving better attention to victims of crime. Safety measures will be increased at stations, ports, airports, hotels, camp sites, beaches, as well as events where many people are gathered.

While anti-terrorism measures will be increased. However, despite these plans, a Foreign Tourist Attention Service which was due to begin operating on the Costa del Sol last summer, has still not started as it has not be approved by the Secretary of State for Security.

Meanwhile, National Police in Malaga and the Costa del Sol Tourism Board claim they have all the staff and facilities ready to begin. But the Interior Ministry informed that they are still “holding talks” regarding the service.

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