Spain “will announce safe holiday corridors with Balearics and Canary Islands”
The Spanish Government is to unveil new “safe holiday corridors” between the Balearic Islands and the Canaries with Germany, the UK and the Nordic countries for the winter tourist season.
The Balearic Minister of Tourism, Iago Negueruela has reportedly told business leaders of the plans during a meeting in Palma. He said the drop in the incidence rate of coronavirus in the Balearic Islands in recent weeks opened the possibility of the arrival of international tourists.
And, according to Spanish media, now the high
season had ended, the regional executive was awaiting details of
the “safe corridors”, including the list of countries and under what
TUI has already started taking German
holidaymakers back to the Canary Islands and plans to do the same with Mallorca
from October 15th.
The “safe corridors” would open with
specific territories where the incidence of COVID-19 is lower. The Spanish
government would also comply with other countries on the measures tourists
would have to take when they return home ie quarantine or not.
Mr. Negueruela said he was delighted TUI had
decided to bring German tourists back, saying: “We appreciate this trust
in the Balearic Islands as a safe quality destination.”
The Canary government also confirmed today
that Germany was looking at the islands on a daily basis and the “time was
near” when it would lift its advice not to travel to the archipelago. If
this happens, neither quarantine or a coronavirus test would be necessary.
The Canary Islands received 15.1 million
tourists last year, of which the Germans are the second largest market, only
preceded by the British. They add up to almost 2.7 million tourists, 18% of the
total and 20% if only international tourists are taken into account, which
amounted to 13.1 million visitors.
Although they are well distributed throughout
the islands, German tourists have a greater weight in Gran Canaria, 24 percent
and, above all, in Fuerteventura, where they reach a market share of 40%.
Likewise, the German tourist is one of those with the highest average
expenditure per trip.
President of the Mallorca Hotel Business
Federation (FEHM), Maria Frontera, welcomes the fact that TUI is going to
resume its activity on the island as of October 15 and demands that work
continue to establish safe corridors with territories Europeans.
On Thursday, health officials in the Balearics
said they were expecting to be hit with a third wave of coronavirus and were
making contingency plans though they did not expect it to be as harsh as the
first or second.