Managing Director of JetsGo Holidays Daniel Reilly

Managing Director of JetsGo Holidays Daniel Reilly.

01-03-2021Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

The Managing Director and founder of JetsGo Holidays, which specialises in UK holidays to Mallorca, Daniel Reilly, is all set to resume operations to the island but he made it clear to the Bulletin this week that, as far as Spain and the Balearics are concerned, there are still too many variables and more clarity is needed.

Daniel, who spends most of the year based in Mallorca, founded JetsGo Holidays in 2016 after having moved into the tourist industry full time in 2010 after having spent five years serving in the Merseyside Police Force. And now, he is all set to resume flights to Mallorca in the post Covid era.

“The announcement made by the British government was very welcome, at least it was clear and it gave us some dates to work on, it allowed us to set out a roadmap. Personally, I doubt it will be take off on May 17, we’ve opted for the middle of June to be safe and to prevent any further complications, set backs and false starts for our customers.

“That said, it would be helpful if members of the British government would stop contradicting what Boris Johnson outlined in his lockdown lifting announcement. There is a lot of pent up demand but it’s still going to be a very tough season.

“Sadly it’s going to be the year of the haves and have nots. There are those who have spent some 15 months on furlough, sitting at home and have more money to spend than they would usually. They will be going on holiday and have more options.

“On the other hand there are those who have lost their jobs and, if they can afford a holiday are going to be watching their pennies. That said, we’ve had a number of cancellations from people who had booked but can no longer afford a holiday this year due to a downturn in their financial situation. And this is where Mallorca has got to be very careful.

“I’ve been in negotiations with hoteliers over the past few months and many are determined to put their prices up.

“Over the past few years, Mallorca has become an expensive destination. I know hoteliers have invested in upgrading their hotels to four star and want a return on their money. But this is not the year.

“Reports of a 500 percent increase in bookings with easyJet, for example, are what hoteliers are basing their price increases on. But they’ve got to be realistic. In easyJet’s case, for their bookings to return to anywhere near normal, they would need a 10,000 percent increase in bookings.

“So, hoteliers have got to be careful they don’t price Mallorca out of the market.

“As we’ve seen. Greece has come in very hard this year and is ready to open its doors. Apart from offering extremely good value for money and competitive prices, it also has its travel requirements clearly laid out.

“The Greek tourism authorities have been in close talks with London for months and have worked out that the best approach is to allow tourists in who have either had a vaccine or a a test and a rapid antigen test is accepted.

“And this makes sense. PCRs are far too expensive and take time. For a family of four, if they need to have just the one PCR each, that’s an extra cost of 400 pounds, if they need more, it does not make the holiday financially viable and this is where Spain needs to start transmitting a positive message.

“Last year Madrid and Palma were extremely vocal about the need for air corridors etc., now they’ve gone quiet. We need clarity from Madrid and Palma.

“There is still a lack of confidence in the UK market, people want to travel, they are desperate, but they want safety and security. They want to know what is going to happen, what’s the protocol in resorts. And, I can’t stress enough that price is going to be king more than ever this year, so Mallorca needs to decide very quickly how it intends to open this year - otherwise it could miss out. If it’s plan is to wait for a late booking market, it may find it’s missed the boat this year and we can’t afford to waste another season considering that the opportunity is now there to slowly start getting back to normal.

“If the bars are going to start reopening gradually this week, we need to know what is going to be happening in four months time otherwise people will look elsewhere.

“We’ve got four flights per week out of Belfast, Derry, Inverness and Teeside and 70 percent of those who lost their holidays last year, have rebooked for this year, so we are in quite a good position. Plus two of the airports have contracted companies to carry out the rapid test. That means people get tested prior to checking in and then get their result 15 minutes later. These tests are quick and cheap. The vaccine passport is going to take months to roll out, and that’s providing it all works first time. It’s all too complicated and we need to know what the Balearics are planning because the industry in the UK is ready to fly and so are millions of Britons.”

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julie allen / Hace about 1 month

Are Tui coming to Majorca on the 18th May or as you have said they will not resume holiday till May 21st. Who is correct

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B.Rowe. / Hace about 1 month

Dear Sir,

I must applaud Daniel Reilly from JetsGo for his clear and concise view of holidays in Majorca.

There will be many debates as to when the conditions are right that tourism will be allowed, but Daniel Reilly has pointed out my views on the costs of holidays in Majorca.

The world of tourism has changed, the reset button has been pressed and those who came to the islands using Thomas Cooke travel agencies religiously year after year will now have to seek out other travel agencies.

Other travel agencies may take this opportunity to sell other areas that are cheaper than Majorca and when offered a holiday that provides the same facilities at a cheaper price may be the opportunity to go elsewhere.

Majorca has become less competitive over the years but has also complained that it has too many tourists, now that there are no tourists the whole island suffers in some way from local produce being sold to hotels, wine producers not being able to sell to local bars and hotels to employment in the tourist industry.

There is no doubt that tourism supports a large proportion of the island's inhabitants directly or indirectly and the island needs to compete for tourism in this new world order.

Now is the time to look at its costs because there may be a limited tourism sector this year and the pounds will be short for many families due to Covid, it will therefore be pointless to complain about the lack of tourists at the end of the year having set prices too high in a competitive market.

Regards B.Rowe.

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Daz / Hace about 1 month

I have to agree with you, Majorca is very expensive compared to other destinations. I have travelled to the Island since the mid 80s and live the place but tend to have our main holidays in Costa Blanca or the Canary Islands as it's always better value for money. To top this off easyJet pulled flights to Majorca from Newcastle this year and I don't know if they will be back which gives us NE folk less choice

I know hotels etc have lost out on a massive scale as have bars and restaurants but I hope they don't try to make it up in one year because people won't forget and they certainly won't go back.

Fingers crossed though and I hope the tourism sector can claw a little bit back and that things are in full swing again next year

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John / Hace about 1 month

Not one holiday destination or company has even mentioned the prevailing COVID status of the resorts.

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