Mallorca needs tourism more than tourism needs Mallorca.

Mallorca needs tourism more than tourism needs Mallorca.

22-05-2021IRENE ARANGO

Spain will allow travellers from Britain to visit the country without a negative PCR test for COVID-19 from Monday. This is great news and should kick-start the industry. But a word of caution; Spain is still on Britain’s “Amber List” so British tourists will have to quarantine on their return. However, it is certainly a step in the right direction.

Steve Heapey, Chief Executive of Jet2, told the Bulletin this week that he expected this state of affairs to change in June with Spain being put on the Green List and his company offering holidays to Spain from the middle of the month. The European Union also appears to have struck a deal which will allow non-EU member states to have access to the so-called vaccine passports.

It is evidently clear, bar any last-minute hiccups, that Mallorca will have a holiday season this year and the Brits will be coming. This is a clear sign of the improving situation. There will be some problems along the way, such as airport delays etc., but it is a different story to last year.

What the local tourist industry must start doing is preparing for the start of the season. Hotels, which in some cases have been closed for 18 months, must be ready along with their staff.

As I have said in this space on numerous occasions Mallorca needs tourism more than tourism needs Mallorca. There are some important lessons to be learnt from the past and what is vital is that everyone works together for the common good, in this case Majorca.

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B.Rowe / Hace 8 months

With the cost of PCR testing and Isolating on return I doubt that many people will flood to Majorca whilst Portugal is on the green list, Heathrow advertise a cheap PCR test at £59 so this an additional cost when flying out.

Until Majorca is on the green list and a Covid passport for fully vaccinated people is recognised there wont be a major stampede.

Uncertainty over the Indian variant is of concern and do the islands want to take the risk of bringing a more transmissible variant to the islands. The bottom line is we have seen lockdown after lockdown and until a higher proportion of islanders are vaccinated would it not make sense to hold onto the gains you have made for a few weeks longer as oppose to having to shutting down again.

Regards B.Rowe.

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John Law / Hace 8 months

This is a very scary and dangerous headline. It shows that Boris, wirh 80% of his population vaccinated, still wants tests for those returning to the UK ti avoid a further lockdown, while Spain, with just 15% vaccination levels, plans to allow anybody in, tested or not. It's completely irresponsuble to favour money over the health risks to the island, - sick people cannot work. With just 15% of us vaccinated fully, it will inevitably lead to another rise in new cases, and in consequence more restrictions for the island's population thus aurumn and winter. If that happens I suspect that many people here will have had enough, and I see major problems with people rejecting any new rules imposed as a result. We are being urged to take precautions here by the government, while they're taking none at all. I hope that this comment will show, as there are many that feel the same as I do....

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