Iago Negueruela, minister for the economic model, tourism and employment.

13-04-2020IB3

The Balearic government is forecasting that there will be a "very moderate start to the tourism season in August". Iago Negueruela, the tourism and employment minister, made this observation on Monday, adding that the expectation is for small increases in the following months (September and October at any rate).

The "hypothesis" regarding a start to the season in August, he noted, will depend on how the foreign tourism markets are, e.g. the UK and Germany.

The minister acknowledged that measures adopted by the national and regional governments are causing serious damage to the regional economy. He anticipates a 31% loss of GDP, equivalent to 9,270 million euros. As for jobs, he predicts a similar percentage loss - 30%, equating to 147,000.

Negueruela said that 18,000 ERTEs have been submitted; almost 160,000 workers will benefit from these. He thanked the efforts being made by 150 personnel who are processing these - to date, 4,200 have been fully processed. The minister also thanked the companies which had chosen ERTEs in order to avoid redundancies.

Meanwhile, remarks made by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in an interview with the German newspaper Bild have been described as a "devastating message" for the tourism industry. Von der Leyen advised EU citizens to wait before making plans for holidays, as "no one can at present give reliable forecasts for the months of July and August".

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Steve Riches / Hace about 1 year

Tourism in Mallorca is largely dead and buried for the rest of this year. You can be optimistic if it makes you feel better, but reality usually trounces misplaced optimism. It's a disaster - but tourism too early would deepen the disaster substantially. I'd be delighted to be proven wrong.

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Steve Riches / Hace about 1 year

Totally agree with the comment below about advertising pop--ups. If you try to post using a mobile phone in particular, the pop-up ad's are configured to obscure the area in which you wish to post. You must lose a significant number of reader comments due to this: it's a total pain when it happens.

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Rich jack / Hace about 1 year

You need to sort out your pop ups. They make it impossible to comment on a mobile.

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Brian / Hace about 1 year

I know many people waiting to travel and will go on their holidays in Aug so i disagree with most comments below.

If the government allows travel, there is plenty that will go. Look at the 10000s who have already had the virus fo start with.

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AndyG / Hace about 1 year

Until there is a vaccine or easily accessible & effective treatment, tourism is dead, no country would wish to have CV-19 infected tourists coming to their resort. Not just the fights but the room cleansing between guests, the safety of staff at hotels... the things we have taken for granted for around 40 years has been turned on its head.

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Stephen Allen / Hace about 1 year

There is no chance what's so ever of any holidays in majorca in 2020 totally stupid to think other wise airplanes would have to fly half full for a start transfers on coaches half full swimming pools everyone 2 metres apart bars 2metres apart restaurants 2 metres apart shops 2 metres apart some holiday this would be. Not happening full stop. See you in 2021

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Phil / Hace about 1 year

Not happening, no demand and no planes. There will be no tourist season. The government needs to plan for this now. Article in the Telegraph outlining that flights will double in cost at least due to social distancing requirements on planes. Add to that things like security queues taking twice as long re distancing and the fact that a survey out today says 70% of Brits fear for their financial situation. Then not many people will come. The cost of a holiday here would be horrendous. Those who are in Mallorca, enjoy the beach this summer, you will have to yourself.

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Stan / Hace about 1 year

The main Flight Carriers are starting in June?.

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DebTheReb / Hace about 1 year

I adore Mallorca. I miss it. But I am afraid to get on a plane. I think people will always want to come but will they risk the travel?

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Daryn / Hace about 1 year

Feel so sorry for all the business at this very sad time it's hard for us in the UK too but I'm wondering how all those activists feel about tourism now that their is non. Do they still not want us to come to your amazing Island or has this terrible time changed their minds.

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