The Andalusian Tourist Housing Association (Abba) will present allegations and will study the adoption of legal measures against the stoppage of tourist housing approved today by the Seville City Council in plenary session "with the unjustified intention of regulating this type of accommodation when what it really conceals is an inadmissible prohibition of its development".
The general secretary of the association and president of the Delegation in Seville, David Moreno, has denounced that "the approved regulations are not even justified, It is not proportional and it is not in the general interest, Therefore, it does not meet any of the requirements that justify its adoption., according to the Directive 2006/123 of the European Parliament and of the European Council, from 12 December 2006”.
"What the Seville City Council has approved today, besides, born without consensus and true dialogue with the sector and puts the productive model of the city of Seville at risk, since it impoverishes the accommodation offer at a time when the sector plays a key role for economic recovery as the vast majority of the hotel offer is closed as a result of the pandemic. Also, nullifies any incentive for investment and quality while destroying the possibility of Seville returning to the levels of tourism of 2019”, AVVA has stated.
The representation of the tourist housing sector in Andalusia regrets that the Seville City Council "has turned a deaf ear to the proposal that we presented a few weeks ago, and that the delegate of the Urban Habitat Area specifically asked us, Culture and Tourism, to order in a much less harmful and more effective way based on areas of the city, establishing maximum quotas based on variables such as the volume of tourist homes or the rate of empty homes”.
“The Seville City Council undertakes this modification of the PGOU in the midst of a health and economic crisis, with the entire tourism sector ruined and based on obsolete criteria and studies dating back to 2018, which brings with it the loss of thousands of jobs and tens of millions of euros of investment and income for the city of Seville”, has pointed out AVVA.
The association denounces the existence of a "clear favoritism of the Seville City Council towards the hotel sector, which is allowed to continue to develop, which will have negative consequences for the city as there is a growth in the demand for tourist housing accommodation that cannot be met. The City Council leaves the Sevillian tourist offer in the hands of large companies and multinationals instead of distributing it among SMEs, self-employed and small owners.
AVVA has offered itself "on countless occasions to collaborate in the creation of sustainable and consensual regulations, but at no time has the City Council counted on the sector, so they do not leave any other way than that of administrative allegations and that of the courts of Justice ”.
The Andalusian Tourist Housing Association (Abba) is an organization, integrated by companies, professionals and owners dedicated to the management of tourist homes in Andalusia, which aims to provide competitiveness and quality guarantees to this segment of accommodation, for the benefit of its users and related community.
The association holds the representation, through its members, from 9.000 tourist homes and close to 45.000 Accommodation places distributed throughout Andalusia. Also, AVVA exercises the defense and promotion of the general and specific interests of tourist homes in the region, forming part of organizations such as the Spanish Federation of Housing Associations and Tourist Apartments (FEVITUR), the Confederation of Businessmen of Andalusia (CEA), the Association of Entrepreneurs of Southern Spain (BRAVE), the Costa del Sol Tourism Forum, the Plan8 of Seville and the Board of Tourism and Commerce of the City Council of Cádiz.
AVVA pursues the strengthening of tourist homes through increased competitiveness and the level of quality of service provided to its users., providing the sector with security and guarantees.
AVVA promotes the positive contribution of tourist homes to the economy in aspects such as the decentralization of tourism in saturated areas, deseasonalization and visitor loyalty, the promotion of family tourism, residential and in areas without housing, Increased accessibility and comfort for users, the efficient use of the real estate stock and second homes, and the promotion of the rehabilitation of buildings in historic centers.