Acting Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Reyes Maroto announced that at least 53,000 tourists affected by the collapse of the British company Thomas Cook are in Spain, during press conference in Madrid on Tuesday.

The Spanish Minister explained that the regions with the greatest number of affected tourists are the Canary Islands, with 35,000, the Balearic Islands with 13,000, and Catalonia with 5,000. Tourists in the Valencian Community and Andalusia have also been affected.

Maroto also announced the creation of an "information unit" in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism to strengthen the Government's contingency plan. The aim of the unit is to share data and "urgently" request more information from Thomas Cook Company, in order to know the exact number of Spanish tourists affected. Maroto explained that one of the greatest difficulties to know the figure is that "the British civil aviation authority has defined them by countries and not by nationalities. That is making it difficult for us to know what the effect is also on Spanish residents.”

The 178-year-old tour operator collapsed on Sunday, and led to the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of reservations.

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