Balearic tourism minister, Iago Negueruela (right)

Iago Negueruela (right), speaking on Monday.

10-05-2021Govern Illes Balears

On Monday, the minister for the economic model, tourism and employment, Iago Negueruela, stated that other regions of the country were responsible for the UK government having not considered the Balearics separately when arriving at its green list. The management of the pandemic in other regions, and he mentioned the Basque Country and Madrid in particular, has been "more flexible" than that of the Balearics, which are being "penalised" as a consequence.

This isn't the first time that Negueruela has blamed other regions for influencing what is happening with tourism in the Balearics, where the regional government has applied measures to control the spread of the virus and keep the cumulative incidence low.

In Madrid specifically, where the 14-day incidence per 100,000 as of May 10 is 302.67, Negueruela said that the management of the pandemic "is what is endangering the reactivation of tourism in other regions". (The Balearics rate is 58.38; in the Basque Country, 401.26.)

"We are one of the safest regions in Europe because of viral sequencing and health control, and we will continue to work on this," the minister concluded, after saying that the Spanish government has asked London to consider the specific case of the islands for an opening-up of tourism.


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Roger / Hace 8 months

The Balearic government can put the blame on whoever they wish, but ultimately they are part of the overall Spanish government system. They support Madrid when it suits them (if they want something) and fight them when it doesn't in order to deflect from their own inadequacies. If they think that the population at large believes them when they come out with the rubbish stated above then they are only further diminishing their intellect and value. As they have been advised many times now is the time to be progressive (even if we have to wait a bit longer) and then offer tourists the best product in the Mediterranean rather than being a poor relation to the overall Spanish mentality of quantity over quality....meanwhile as the local politicos prevaricate and achieve nothing, the local economy (workers especially) get increasingly frustrated and disillusioned.


Marcin / Hace 8 months

Just do not forget that Balearics aren't a country and Spain is a country where the regions feel like they were actual countries... 🤣


Joan / Hace 8 months

Madrid aren't to blame at all. We were very slow to getting vaccinations starrted, and we're where we are now simply because our porcentage is still abismal. We can't have safe tourism until we're all vaccinated obviiusly.


adam / Hace 8 months

hold on. no bunfight necessary. the mallorquin are turning away UK passengers. the uk government can put whatever colour of the rainbow it wants on Spain, it is the spanish border force turning away british travellers from palma airport.


sayhi / Hace 8 months

LIAR.. and pushing away responsibility. Madrid has nothing got to do with the situation. Blaming and pushing away accountability. shameless. can we vote in a new government. who would come here for mandatory mask wearing in streets and beaches?, and at the same time can't eat indoors and be home by 11pm? a few hotels open, stupidly expensive prc tests, covid passports/certificates and travel queues for QR coding and to pay for that? doesn't sound like a holiday to me..nightmare. governments have gone out of their way to stop travel and tourism for their agenda. nothing else and they've nothing to help it get better. they still get full pay.


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nigel / Hace 8 months

It probably has not been considered that the UK government does not believe after the summer, winter and Easter fiasco that the islands are will be safe if free movement is allowed within the Spanish borders, and some of the EU countries.


john / Hace 8 months

I believe it could get alot worse too. When travel is opened up very soon between Spain's cities and they all come to the Balearic Islands for summer as they often do. Unless vaccination levels rise quickly,we are going to see a steep rise in infections and the GREEN list will be even harder to achieve.