Jorge Marichal with the president of the Majorca Hoteliers Federation, Maria Frontera.


The president of the Cehat national hotels confederation, Jorge Marichal, said on Tuesday that it was understandable that the Spanish government should have decided to oblige foreign travellers to quarantine themselves for fourteen days while the state of alarm is maintained.

Quoted by Hosteltur, Marichal said that the health ministry's announcement of the quarantine might at first seem "absolutely contradictory to the message you want to give out, but it is understandable". Spain remains in a state of alarm, and this extraordinary measure is linked to this. While there is a state of alarm, people who fly should be subject to health security measures in the same way that Spanish residents are.

He added that the situation will change. The de-escalation plan is under way, and once international conventions* establish new security protocols and the state of alarm is lifted, there can be travel in the situation of the "new normal" that can allow tourism to restart.

* The European Commission is due to issue its guidelines on Wednesday.


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Lisa / Hace about 1 year

No one will travel while quarantine is in place, so no flights. No economic recovery. But at least in Spain there appears to be a timetable for this to end, unlike the UK.


Yogi / Hace about 1 year

He's in small company on the quarantine. Particularly as it was announced out of the blue and without consultation. Should it continue for any length of time then he will soon change his tune as it will kill any chance of getting any tourism started this year stone dead. On the funny side though, a journalist from a Spanish paper has said that many jobless locals will be roaming the streets of Palma this summer instead of cruise tourists, but they'd still spend more than the cruiseros! :)