Spain's Tourism Will Start In March Without COVID restrictions & Regulations

Spain is launching a major campaign to lure tourists back to the country following the coronavirus crisis.

The country’s tourism authority is planning a huge advertising drive to attract visitors and convince holidaymakers it is a safe destination welcoming the first visitors without restrictions by the end of March.

The two million euros campaign will include safe travel, what tourists can expect on arrival and how they should prepare for the trip home.

Travel Safe will be a dedicated section – updated daily – on the spain.info website containing measures from individual regions, including restaurant capacities and leisure facilities

The Turespaña strategy will continue while coronavirus restrictions remain. It has already been welcomed by various popular tourist destinations, including the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca.

Balearic tourism minister, Iago Negueruela said the campaign aimed to have tourists visiting as soon as possible after the pandemic had been controlled.

The minister agreed that tourists should be welcomed by the end of March. He told local media: “First of all, however, there is the task of positioning, selling and explaining to the world that the islands are a safe destination.”

This year was the worst-ever for tourism in the Balearic Islands thanks with just 1.67 million foreign tourists visiting between January and October – a drop of 87.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2019.

Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, Majorca’s capital city, Palma,continues to attract significant hotel investment with the conversion of four historic buildings in Palma’s Old Town into luxury boutique properties which will collectively accommodate a total of 200 people.In early 2021, Palma will welcome the launch of Nivia Hotel Boutique located on the elegant Passeig de Born, part of an expansion scheme by Garden Hotels Group. During the 1950s, the building was the headquarters of Spain’s national airline, Iberia, and the interiors will transport visitors to this era with a mid-century style.

The president of Palma and Cala Major’s Hotel Association, Javier Vich, said the investment showed “confidence in the destination in a post-Covid era.”

Managing Director of Palma Tourist Board, Pedro Homar, forecast 2021 would be a year for luxury travel He added: “We welcome all kinds of travellers to Palma and we can certainly cater to suit a range of budgets, but booking data certainly indicates an appetite for luxury travel.”

Meanwhile in the Canary Islands, hotel chain RIU has announced it will be opening 11 of its 17 hotels before Christmas to capitalise on demand for winter sun.

 


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