Costa del Sol “to follow Canary Islands with free coronavirus insurance” from next January
The Costa del Sol is planning to offer international holidaymakers free “coronavirus insurance” in a bid to revitalise its tourism industry.
Andalusia has decided to follow in the
footsteps of the Canary Islands to give visitors “peace of mind”.
The insurance would cover hotel and hospital
costs if the holidaymaker contracts coronavirus during their stay.
Andalusia is also stressing “the urgent
need to create safe corridors and says it is in a position to offer tourists
better health services than other regions”.
The coronavirus insurance is part of a package
of new proposals which includes travel discount vouchers for local residents
who choose to remain in any part of Andalusia for their holiday. These can be
used from October 1st and will redcue costs by 25 per cent (to a maximum of 300
euros) for stays of at least three nights. The offer is valid until May and can
be used up to three times.
Tourism councillor Juan Marín said the
Andalusian government was introducing the measures to stimulate demand after
being badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus insurance would be introduced
from next January.
He said setting up safe travel corridors would
play a huge part in bringing tourists back to the region and yet another
request had been made to the Spanish government for this to happen.
Hotels in the holiday hotspots are also being
encouraged to work towards the “safe destination” seal with extensive
coronavirus safety regulations.
Mr. Marin made his announcement today when
interviewed on Canalsur radio when he also criticised the Spanish government
for not asking for financial aid for tourism from the European Commission
“despite the fact that the latest data shows that some 30 million hotel
nights were lost in August.”
The Canary Islands was the first region in
Spain to announce Covid-19 insurance for holidaymakers in August. This
guarantees that tourists, both national and international, will have all
their expenses guaranteed in an incident due to coronavirus, such as
repatriation, medical expenses and stay in quarantine .
The Andalusian Federation of Travel Agencies
said they welcomed the travel bonus initiative for local people although
“the action comes a little late.” However, an economic impact is
estimated to be close to 50 million euros, “which will greatly help the
reactivation of tourism in the community.”