Storm warning on Spanish tourism: Professionals facing European fears over the eruption of Govt cases see reservations faltering, but hope the 2020 catastrophic summer will not renew again.
On Wednesday, the employers’ organization Exceldur condemned the “sudden recession in reservations”, a few days after warnings from France and Germany to travel to Spain, hitting neighboring Portugal with a sharp rise in Covit-19 cases.
“Reservations are changing, especially with the French,” confirmed George Maricel, president of the National Hotel Association Sehat on public radio and television.
“The situation changes so quickly that in a few hours (…) the whole summer will be the same, with a typical roller coaster atmosphere,” he predicted.
Summer was promising: Coastal hotel revenue, which was 80% lower than its 2019 level in April-May, began to pick up again in June, reaching -60 compared to June-20. Exceldoor, which noted the resumption of operations of travel agencies.
In early July, the government reaffirmed its goal of attracting nearly 45 million foreign tourists this year, or half the amount reached before the epidemic in 2019, making Spain the second largest tourist destination in the world after France.
But the situation turned out to be a glove, as events escalated, a giant fire was discovered among hundreds of students who had set out to celebrate the end of classes in the Balearic archipelago, which then spread the virus across the country.
On July 8, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beyonc தனது advised his comrades to “avoid Spain and Portugal”, which caused a stir in the Pyrenees, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves’ recommendation that Vaccine be vaccinated before such trips before being denied.
A few days ago, Germany decided to re-classify Spain as an “endangered” country, including the Canary Islands and the Balearics, where it was only interested in the peninsula.
Balerix is back on the “orange list” established by London this week, forcing British returning from the islands to adhere to a ten-day isolation unless fully vaccinated.
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“Any news or announcement in our major (tourism) source markets has an immediate effect,” Maria Frandera, president of the Balearic Hotel Association, told the radio on Wednesday. Catena Cope.
The first three visitors to Spain before the epidemic were the French, Germans and especially Britain.
However, despite the decline in new bookings, some travelers have already canceled their planned accommodation. “For now, the amount of bookings is higher than that of cancellations,” Ms Frandera said.
The same story in the Costa Brava (northeast), where the French represent almost half of the foreign tourists.
Warnings have reduced bookings, but “we continue to receive them. There were some cancellations, but not dramatically, ”local hotel association manager Judith Lobarol told AFP.
Tourists are very cautious, usually booking “really last minute” and the occupancy rate of hotels on weekdays does not exceed 65-70%, while in other years they were already “highly booked” at that time, he adds.
Most popular among the British, companies in the Costa del Sol in Andalusia (south) have recently recorded a clear “resurgence” in reservations, thanks to the increased demand for London isolation upon return from Spain. (Excluding the Balearic Islands), underlining local hotel owners’ representative Javier Hernandez.
The room stay rate should be 60% in July-August, and without any surprises, he predicts. But the economic catastrophe of the epidemic is seen: almost a quarter of the hotels in the Costa del Sol have not reopened, and one in five in Balerix, according to local associations.