The UK’s U-turn over Portugal has knocked consumer confidence for six

The UK’s U-turn over Portugal has knocked consumer confidence for six.

08-06-2021Jason Moore

The Balearic government has said that it is confident that British tourists will return “sooner rather than later.” Like all of us working and living in the Balearics, we certainly hope so, but as the days pass and Boris Johnson’s travel traffic light is not due to be reviewed until June 28 at the earliest - the clock is ticking.

There is much talk about a longer season, but with over 100 hotels still not open and numerous other tourism businesses still on furlough as they wait for the British to get the green light, we may reach the point where it is not worth opening this year because, like it or not, the weather will very much dictate the length of the season, as will school holidays and cheaper competing destinations.

At best, British families, the bulk of the Balearics’ UK market, will have July and August to come on holiday - but any further delay due to travel restrictions could put people off. The knock-on effect of the Portuguese debacle has prompted more than four in ten Britons to decide to ‘definitely not’ go on holiday to a destination that moved from the government’s green list to amber, according to a UKGov survey.

It is a gamble. Even if Spain, and more importantly the Balearics, gets the green light next time around, as London has shown, the situation could suddenly change over night - and fewer and fewer Britons appear willing to take a chance.


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Daz / Hace 8 months

I wouldn't book for this summer even if the green light shines bright. Not knowing if that light will turn to amber or not just doesn't give me the confidence to book.

Also tbh driving around UK streets in my taxi everywhere is like a building site, Brits are spending money at record levels on improving their homes, I should know I'm one of them. Lots of people have been building garden pubs throughout this pandemic how do I know well I pick them up in my taxi lol look on YouTube the proof is on there.

Having to have Corona tests before and after a holiday, not knowing if we have to isolate when we get home or not, people not being allowed on aircraft due to not having the correct paperwork, bars and restaurants closing early, paying tourist tax at the hotels, wearing facemasks it all adds to one hell of a headache for tourists.

As for extending the season how many times have we heard that, it doesn't work beyond the beginning on October.

I feel for all the business people but the Balearics have opened the doors fully for anyone to travel and have a holiday it just doesn't sound safe at all


Johnb / Hace 8 months

I think you will find that the majority of the UK,have already booked their summer holidays in the UK. Most won't risk coming here now.( Look at Portugal). There's too much uncertainty travelling abroad now.