The Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (Imserso) has increased the number of travel places for the elderly by 28,442, thus going from the 816,029 initially planned to 844,471 for this 2022-2023 season, sources from Imserso have informed Europa Press.

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Specifically, the number of places for coastal destinations and islands and The places in the interior tourism lot are increased from 137,475 to 165,917, that is, 28,442 more than planned. All of them will be cultural circuits, according to the same sources.

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In addition, they point out that the program’s budget for each season is 212.9 million euros from users plus 66.7 million euros from Imserso’s contribution.

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The Imserso Tourism Program trips will take place between the months of October 2022 and June 2023 and the prices will range between 455 euros for 10-day stays in areas of the peninsular coast and islands, for trips with European origin, and 115 euros for four-day trips in provincial capitals.

Precisely, the prices have been the subject of controversy this year due to the decision of the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda to freeze the rates, which caused discomfort in the tourism sector. The Minister of Industry and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, even urged Ione Belarra to sit down with the sector to review the program.

Although, Imserso sources deny that a disbandment of hotels from the travel program is taking place in the face of this price freeze coupled with inflation.

According to Imserso data, the number of hotels participating in the program has been reduced compared to the previous year to 242, 28 less than in the previous season. However, Imserso specifies that they hire a number of trips and overnight stays distributed by autonomous communities of destination, not a specific number of hotels.

The program offers destinations on the peninsular coast for 8 and 10 days in the autonomous communities of Catalonia, Andalusia, the Region of Murcia and the Valencian Community, as well as the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. There will also be inland tourism, with stays of 4, 5 and 6 days, with cultural circuits, nature tourism, the provincial capital and Ceuta and Melilla.

The shifts, which may last from 4 days (3 overnight stays) to 10 days (9 overnight stays), will be carried out on a full board basis, except for trips to provincial capitals whose regime will be half board.