Massive holiday boost for Tenerife as World Tourism Organisation confirms “validation flight” on July 8th
Tenerife is to receive a massive boost in its bid to become one of the safest holiday destinations in the world following the devastating effects of the coronavirus crisis on tourism.
The World Tourism Organisation has confirmed
that a “validation flight” carrying leading figures will take place
from Madrid to the Canary Islands on July 8th.
All on board WILL undergo coronavirus tests
which is one of the key platforms the holiday islands is advocating to help
assure would-be travellers that the archipelago is a safe place to visit.
The arrival airport in the Canaries has yet to
be announced but the regional government says the officials hope to visit all
EIGHT islands which are Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La
Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and La Graciosa.
The total number of deaths in the Canaries
currently stands at 161, with 2,379 positive cases which is a low incidence of
COVID-19. Some of the islands have had zero deaths and though Tenerife has
recorded the majority of them, it has been widely praised for the way it dealt
with one of the first emergencies when coronaviruis cases were detected in a
local hotel and hundreds of Brits had to be quarantined.
The delegation flying out on July 8th will
include the secretary general of the World Tourism Organisation, Zurab
Pololikashvili, other representatives, travel agents and European press.
Tourism minister, Yaiza Castilla said the
week-long visit would be an enormous boost to the reputation of the islands and
for travel reservations.
“This expedition is designed with
criteria of guarantees of sanitary reciprocity and for which its participants
must take a test to verify that they are negative in COVID-19,” she
The Canary Government has set up a Global
Laboratory for Tourist Safety which has set up protocols for 18 stages of the
tourist chain. These are to be released next week and posted online for members
of the public to see on a specific web.
The Global Tourist Safety Laboratory is project
led by Canary Tourism to guarantee health security for tourists and residents
of the Canary Islands.
“The aim is to redesign each and
every link that make up the vacation experience and streamline the process of
reopening tourist activity in the islands,” said Yaiza Castilla.