Holidays to Spain’s Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca could be totally wiped out for the 2021 season.
As Spain’s tourism sector on the Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca was preparing to see an influx of tourists from the UK, it’s now been thrown into doubt due to the Indian strain of Covid being detected on the Spanish mainland.
Britain that supplies most tourists to Spain annually had the Spanish mainland prepared to go under ‘green’ on its traffic light system.
Now though, it’s been thrown into doubt after the devastating Indian strain of Covid-19 has been detected in Spain concerning Whitehall ministers.
With ministers in the UK dedicated to protecting their own shores and economy, the Indian strain is causing great concerns within the corridors of the British government.
Whilst Spanish government officials are attempting to ‘play down’ the detections in Spain, British ministers are highly concerned.
Known as the B.1.617 strain, it’s currently devastating India and has been detected already in 21 other countries.
Ministers fearing that the new strain could cause yet another pandemic, and those ministers learning from experience are not in a position to take any risks.
While the detections have been in Northern Spain and Madrid, according to sources within Whitehall, it’s likely to throw holidays to Spain in doubt.
A Whitehall source revealed this morning to Global247news: “Ministers are paranoid about the Indian strain and are monitoring it very closely.
“With Spain now having detections, it’s now unlikely holidays will commence to Spain under the green light system, not just Spain but any country in fact.
“The UK can not and will not take any further risks that could throw its nation into another lockdown scenario”, he finished.
The news will be a devastating blow to British traders in Spain who mainly rely on tourism.
Just as traders were getting their hopes up of some return to normality, hopes now look like they could be dashed once again.
Travel agents, too, are getting very concerned; travel agent Rian Rodber today confirmed, ” Just as we thought we were going to get some normality going, it is looking very bleak; we are already into May as it is
“This, unfortunately, could see a total wipeout of holidays to Spain for 2021 now.
“We are now prepared for Spain to be placed under Amber.
“Consumers will avoid all countries that are not on Green and by the looks that are not going to be many countries at all sadly.”
Meanwhile, many traders on Spain’s Costa del Sol appear to be ready for the fact that customers will not return until 2022.
An established bar and cafe owner in Spain’s Fuengirola, having traded in the region for 30 years, told Global247news:
“We think it’s all over bar the shouting, whilst there’s lots of hope in the local community here, the truth is our customers who come every year are telling us they are giving this year a miss, I’m not talking a few I’m talking hundreds.
“We haven’t been open since November; we reopened after lockdown, but it cost us more money to stay open than being closed.
“So in truth, whatever the media say, we are listening to our customer base, and the facts are they will not return until next year.
” You can’t blame them either. First, there is the safety fear aspect, and then there is the cost; our daughter, who is based in London, had to pay an extra €400 on top of her flight holidaymakers won’t pay that”. she finished.
The British government are bringing forward plans to announce where and when UK citizens can travel with an official announcement by the end of the week.
Spain is now expected to be under the Amber system and possibly Red if the Indian strain continues to be detected.