Beach destinations fight to save themselves
Withholding as much of that 70% as possible will be essential to partially save the summer, at least in a large part of the holiday destinations.
Hence the negotiations that the Spanish government and various autonomous communities have opened with the British executive to quarantine does not apply to certain destinations where the rate of infection is even lower than in the United Kingdom.
- The Government tries to keep the Canary and Balearic Islands out of quarantine
- Canarias returns to the TUI program and struggles to get rid of quarantine
- Andalusia also wants to be included in the negotiations with the United Kingdom
- Benidorm and Costa del Sol ask to be out of quarantine in the UK
This Monday, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has assured that the Government will establish a dialogue with the communities that request safe tourist air corridors to see what their proposal is and to transfer it to the British Government, always based on data and epidemiological situation.
The minister has appeared in Ibiza, along with the president of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, and recalled that the United Kingdom “does not recommend traveling to the peninsula, but not to the islands”, although the quarantine has been extended to all territories .For this reason, he explained that the talks that are being held with the British authorities are focused on removing the quarantine in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, “if it is today, better than tomorrow,” he said.
- Hoteliers call for safe brokers in the face of British quarantine
The cities, very touched
Another very different thing is what can happen in Madrid and Barcelona.
And it is that according to Carlos Cendra, marketing director of the Mabrian Technologies company, Spain’s reaction to the quarantine imposed by the British government is aimed at trying to save, via negotiations with London, the main vacation destinations, “taking into account that 70% of the air seats for August and September are concentrated in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Malaga and Alicante “.
“However, it will be very difficult to remove the Madrid and Barcelona airports from quarantine,” says Carlos Cendra.
“Efforts should focus on communicating that the health situation in certain destinations is even better than in the UK”
Therefore, “efforts should focus on communicating that the health situation in certain destinations is even better than that of the United Kingdom,” adds this expert.
However, convincing the British authorities to exclude certain destinations from quarantine is not going to be easy.
In fact, says Carlos Cendra, “I believe that not enough has been done to control the origin of air passengers, both on domestic and international flights, as has been claimed from the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.”
- Canary Islands insists: tests at source minimize risks and build confidence
- Balearic Islands wants sanitary controls at ports and airports
“If these sanitary controls and source tests were to be applied to all passengers, the message that could be transferred abroad It would be that our vacation destinations even filter inside the country“concludes Mabrian’s chief marketing officer.
Lack of reflexes
This Monday, in statements to the SER station, the president of the Tourism Board, Joan Molas, has stated that the UK bolt could have been avoided.
“It is a worrying situation, which could have been foreseen and much more measures should have been taken, of communication and diplomatic relations, especially with the United Kingdom,” says Molas. In his opinion, the situation has caught the Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, “with the foot changed”.
As Molas added, the tourism sector is losing 5,000 million euros a week, since last March.
And if the situation does not improve, the losses would amount to 120,000 million euros at the end of the year.
Joan Molas’s interview on the SER network can be heard here: