HOW can the Balearic Minister for Tourism, Iago Negueruela, say that we are having a better season that expected when some hotels haven´t even bothered to open their doors?
It is also reported that hotel occupancy levels will nosedive over the coming days as German and British families return home for the start of the new school term. Granted at one stage it did appear that we wouldn´t have a summer season at all but I think the majority of people involved in tourism expected much more from summer 2021. Parts of the islands are very busy but others such as Magalluf and even Pollensa are relatively quiet. Bars and restaurans are suffering.
According to official figures about 80 percent hotels have opened. What the Balearic government should be doing is planning for next season. If and when Covid passports are going to be introduced to go to bars, restaurants and concerts then tourists need to be informed so that they have the necessary paperwork. It is not much good coming on holiday to Majorca and finding that you can´t go to a bar or restaurant because you don´t have the right paperwork. Now is the time to hold talks with the travel industry.
Summer 2022 will be the year when things should start getting back to normal. Whether this is the new normal or the old normal we will have to see but what the tourist industry will need is clarity. The time has come for some action and a blueprint for recovery.