President writes off Spanish Easter holidays with eyes already focused on the Summer on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
After a disastrous 2020 season, Easter is already a ‘write-off’ when it comes to holidays on Spain’s Costa Blanca according to the President of tourist apartment companies Miguel Ángel Sotillos.
Whilst probably stating the obvious, he said: “We take Holy Week for lost, we are already looking towards summer,”
But with some hope, he further added: “we will lose Easter but look hopefully to the summer, to see if the situation improves with the vaccine campaign.”
Although it looks a long shot with experts in the travel industry already expecting a ‘summer wipe out’ on Spanish holidays in 2021.
Despite some news reports ‘claiming’ that Spain is in for a bumper season and that sales are rocketing with travel agents – on an investigation with three separate travel agents – it doesn’t appear to be the case.
Rian Rodber, a travel agent based in the UK said: ” Sales for Spain are at an all-time low, as well as other European destinations.
” With vaccinations forecast not to be completed until September for the majority of UK residents, it’s having a large effect on sales into Europe, as well as the heavy restrictions in many areas currently”
Meanwhile, Leigh James, a travel agent based in Berkshire said: ” For me, I see it all being about staycations and then winter holidays when hopefully vaccinations have been completed. The British public looking at the booking statistics are clearly not feeling confident enough to book yet – maybe a few late bookings in summer but the winter is where sales focus is being targetted, to the likes of the Canary Islands”
The news will not be good for businesses in Spain, a country that relies on 15% of tourism for its GDP.
Former Benidorm businessman Kevin Davies, who has now closed his operation and moved back to the UK, said: ” I really fear for the area, so many people are suffering badly, those that have survived thus far were and are desperate for a strong spring and summer season, it doesn’t look like it is going to happen sadly, the trouble with these ministers in Spain, they talk a lot but often it doesn’t happen.
“In my opinion, they ‘killed’ Benidorm with some absolutely crazy regulations and continue to do so – they defiantly killed me off with false hope,” he said.
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