Wednesday, June 23, 2021

40% of Spain’s Majorca Hotels Closed Due to Absence of UK Travellers Amid COVID-19

Hundreds of hotels in Majorca, Spain, have decided to remain unopened since Britons, who make one-third of the island’s total tourism traffic, won’t visit the destination this summer due to United Kingdom’s travel restrictions, the authorities have announced.

Majorca is a top visited Spanish destination for British travellers as a result of which 26 per cent of the region’s total tourism traffic is generated from Brits, in particular during the summer season. Before the pandemic struck, around 2.3 million Britons visited Majorca every year, reports.

“The absence of visitors from the United Kingdom has left an immense void,” the Executive Vice President of The Mallorca Hotel Federation (FEHM), María José Aguiló, said.

On June 7, Spain decided to abolish the entry requirement for all vaccinated travellers, including Britons, in a bid to improve the tourism sector and be ready to open for the summer season. However, Spain remains on the UK’s amber list, which means that travellers coming from there have to undergo quarantine and testing requirements upon return to the UK.

So far, in Majorca, around 40 per cent of hotels are closed due to the absence of British tourists. Hoteliers of the island say the situation won’t improve until British tourists are allowed back, and their lack is being reflected across all Balearic Islands, including Ibiza and Menorca.

Representatives at Mallorca Hotel Federation insist the place is safe and all COVID-19 rules will continue being respected to maintain the destination’s safety.

Around 524 hotels are now open, which is almost three times more compared to April, despite the arrival of the British tourists’ unknown status. However, the destination has started receiving visitors from other European countries. Currently, the Balearic Islands are relying on domestic tourism, as well as Dutch and Danish travellers.

The region is also hoping to generate more interest among German travellers, which usually makes up 40 per cent of its tourism, followed by Brits.

“It is necessary to continue complying with the rules to avoid reversing the positive situation. We cannot afford it,” President José Aguiló noted.

According to Our World in Data findings, 14.7 million people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 31.4 per cent of the Spanish population. Furthermore, over 23 million people (49.9 per cent) have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the last 24 hours, four people have died from Coronavirus in Spain, and 786 positive cases were reported, as the data from the World Organisation of Health (WHO) reveals.

On the other hand, WHO’s data also reveals five deaths and 10,467 new positive cases with Coronavirus were reported in the UK during the last 24 hours.

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