Authorities have announced that hundreds of hotels in Mallorca, Spain, have decided not to open because the British, who make up a third of the island’s total tourist traffic, will not visit the destination this summer due to UK travel restrictions.
Mallorca is the most visited Spanish destination for British travelers, as a result of which 26 percent of the region’s total tourism traffic is generated by Brits, particularly during the summer season. Before the pandemic, about 2.3 million Britons visited Mallorca each year, TheSchengen.com reports.
“The absence of visitors from the UK has left a huge void,” said FEHM Executive Vice President, Federation of Mallorca Hotels, Maria José Aguilo.
On June 7, Spain decided to abolish the entry requirement for all vaccinated travelers, including Britons, in an effort to improve the tourism sector and prepare for the opening of the summer season. However, Spain is still on the UK’s amber list, which means travelers coming from there must undergo quarantine and testing requirements when returning to the UK.
So far, in Mallorca, about 40 percent of hotels have closed due to the absence of British tourists. Hotel owners on the island say the situation will not improve until British tourists are allowed to return, and their lack is reflected in all of the Balearic Islands, including Ibiza and Menorca.
Representatives at the Mallorca Hotel Association insist the place is safe and all COVID-19 rules will continue to be respected to keep the destination safe.
About 524 hotels are now open, nearly three times more than in April, although the unknown case for British tourists has arrived. However, the destination began to receive visitors from other European countries. The Balearic Islands are currently dependent on domestic tourism, as well as Dutch and Danish travelers.
The area also hopes to attract more interest among German travelers, who typically make up 40 percent of tourism, followed by the British.
“It is necessary to continue to comply with the rules to avoid reversing the positive situation. President Jose Aguilo noted this.
According to the results of Our World in Data, 14.7 million people have been fully vaccinated, which is 31.4 percent of the Spanish population. Moreover, more than 23 million people (49.9 percent) have received at least one injection of the COVID-19 vaccine.
During the past 24 hours, four people died from the Corona virus in Spain, and 786 positive cases were reported, as the data of the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals.
On the other hand, WHO data also revealed five deaths and 10,467 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the UK in the past 24 hours.