It is sometimes better to be safer than sorry and I think the tourist industry around the world needs to bear that it mind.

I fully appreciate that tourism hinged and ring fenced economies want their hotels open, flights back in the air, airports open and beaches adorned with sun worshippers and bathers but there could be a high price to be paid for jumping the gun.

Yesterday, as the Balearic continued to devise cunning plans as to how to get to the front of the queue, central government in Madrid made it blatantly clear that it is they who will call the shots.

What is more, when it comes to lifting border restrictions and allowing foreign travel, there is a small matter of Brussels having the final say. Germany, while extending its lockdown a little longer, is dangling a carrot re summer holidays.

What the government is advising is that people drive to “safe” neighbouring countries such as Austria or the Netherlands, with regards to jumping on planes, they are holding their cards close to the chests.

And, while all this is going on, rival destinations to the Balearics are already planning massive cuts to hotel rates and offering airlines a goodie box of incentives to fly in their directions, once permitted. But, is Europe ready to start moving about - the costs could be a lot higher than a cheap deal?

I would err on the side of caution for the time being otherwise it could all end in tears.


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Bert / Hace about 1 year

Franco, who was a dictator, died in 1975. The Spanish tourist boom started long before that. Please explain.


Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

Mallorca will survive and prevail in the long term. It always has done. Who wants to go to Turkey? Egypt? or any other country run by a dictator like government? Hence Spain was popular anyway and I do not see that changing very quickly. But, there will be (economic) victims, that´s for sure. Also there it will be "survival of the fittest".


Roger / Hace about 1 year

Your viewpoint is absolutely correct and well described. To read in a separate article that one of the many disparate tourism/hotel associations has been having its own negotiations with various tour operators, what you describe as 'devising cunning plans', is hard to understand. These people probably consider themselves to be intelligent and worldly but on the basis of their words and proposed actions, their intellect and civic responsibility has to be questioned. I hope they have good lawyers and big bank accounts if their haste results in one or more of their guests contracting the virus because they are liable for the health and safety of all of their guests...and those of us who live will similarly be gunning for them if the virus gets re-imported as a consequence of their actions!