Spanish Tourism Takes a Blow as Minister Recommends French People Avoid Travelling There

Élisabeth Borne. the French minister of Ecological Transition has shocked her Spanish counterparts recommending her compatriots NOT to travel to Spain for their holidays.


Élisabeth Borne, has broken into the debate on summer tourism with statements in which she “invites” her compatriots not to travel abroad and in particular mentioned Spain for its “contradictory” measures.

“We do not invite the French to plan vacations abroad,” Borne said. “I cannot recommend to the French that they book a vacation in Spain today. Spain has chosen to open its borders, (but) at the same time has established rules on people arriving by plane. It is contradictory,” she said in reference to the 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving by plane as announced by the Spanish Government.

“We have said very clearly to the French that today we have to organize our vacations in France. We are not inviting the French to plan vacations abroad,” he said. Borne has indicated that “anyone can start booking their holidays” for July and August. “We will announce the new rules later this week,” she said.

Borne has also highlighted in the interview the “civility” shown by the French and has invited them to maintain “the barrier measures that we all know”, she also mentioned that Air France has promised to reduce flights on routes for where there is a railway alternative of fewer than 2 hours and 30 minutes.

“The Spanish tourist industry has taken a serious over the last few months and will take a least two years to recover, this is the last thing we need to hear” said the Minister for Travel and Tourism in Spain.

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