CEHAT joins Ashotel in asking Marichal to remain as president of the tourism association

Updated 7 April: The Confederación Española de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turísticos has echoed the sentiments and request issued yesterday by Ashotel’s Executive Committee to Jorge Marichal to remain at the head of the association. CEHAT said that it backed the president, and wished him to continue at the head of the organization where his work had been exemplary.  

Updated 6 April: Ashotel’s Executive Committee has issued a statement following an extraordinary and urgent meeting yesterday afternoon called by the association’s president, Jorge Marichal. In the statement, in full below, Ashotel says that Jorge Marichal provided them with the circumstances of the issue and placed his position at the Committee’s disposal, leaving the meeting for them to discuss the matter. The Committee’s view is that Marichal is highly valued and has unanimous support, and he has been asked effectively to withdraw his resignation and continue as President of Ashotel. The Committee’s listed reasons include the leadership, training, passion, ability, and dedication that he has given Ashotel over the ten years since he was first elected, and in considering the matter a strictly private one, believe that it should not interfere in Ashotel’s daily work. 

El Comité Ejecutivo de Ashotel, reunido de forma extraordinaria y urgente en la tarde de ayer, a petición de su presidente, Jorge Marichal, quiere hacer público el siguiente comunicado:

Reunido a la vista de las informaciones publicadas en el día de ayer, sus integrantes escucharon con atención los detalles que Jorge Marichal les trasladó sobre la sentencia de julio de 2019 del Juzgado de lo Penal número 8 de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, confirmada, notificada y publicada en mayo de 2020 por la Audiencia Provincial sobre un caso particular que afecta estrictamente a su persona.

Al término de su exposición, el presidente puso su cargo a disposición del Comité y, a continuación, se retiró de la reunión. Los miembros del Comité, por su parte, valoraron y agradecieron la información aportada por Marichal (ya difundida por él en un comunicado público) y manifestaron su apoyo unánime, al tiempo que acordaron solicitarle su continuidad al frente de la Presidencia de Ashotel. Las razones que para el Comité avalan esta petición unánime son, entre otras, las siguientes:

    1. Su liderazgo, formación, pasión, capacidad, dedicación y ganas que ha destinado a Ashotel desde su primera elección, en noviembre de 2011.
    2. Su gestión ha perseguido siempre un objetivo de bien común de la Asociación y del sector turístico canario, una característica que ha prevalecido en todo momento en su labor diaria.
    3. El Comité Ejecutivo considera que un asunto de ámbito estrictamente particular no debe interferir en la labor diaria de Ashotel y opina que Jorge Marichal es un excelente valor en la representación del empresariado turístico hotelero, demostrado con creces a lo largo de estos más de 10 años al frente de la Presidencia.
    4. Ashotel es una organización empresarial de ámbito privado sin ánimo de lucro que actúa en el marco de sus competencias; es respetuosa con las circunstancias relativas al ámbito particular de sus asociados y tiene autonomía propia para la toma de sus decisiones.

Original post 5 April: There is a huge amount of noise in the regional media today about a prison sentence imposed on Jorge Marichal, president of the hotel and tourism associations Ashotel and Cehat. The Courts have upheld a sentence for alleged tax fraud passed in 2019 of two years imprisonment, over half a million Euros in fines, and ineligibility for various state and fiscal benefits or aid. Marichal himself says that the so-called offence is a dispute over the criteria applied by the tax authorities and his corporate fiscal advisers to a tax accrual and deferrment resulting from property transactions back in 2005, that all monies demanded have been paid, and that he’s surprised to hear the custodial sentence ratified.

Marichal says indeed that the fines amounting to €585,895 euros along with corporation tax claimed of €292,947 plus interest of €200,000 were all settled instantly on demand. Nonetheless, he says, he will comply with the decision of the Court despite his complete disagreement with its judgment. He insists, indeed, that there was no malice or intentionality whatsoever in the so-called offence, and in fact disputes that the case should have been brought before the Court at all, claiming that it should have remained as an administrative tax dispute.

Marichal says that although this is a “strictly fiscal matter deriving from a disparity of criteria in a specific event and operation, unrelated to my public activity and to the organisations” he represents, he understands that the matter has a significant impact as a direct result of his public profile. As such, he says, “I will take the most appropriate decision, as I have always done, in the interests of the associations I represent”, and is stepping down as their president.