By Alex Trelinski • 25 May 2020 • 10:33
PONIENTE BEACH: Well-kept promenades are one of Benidorm’s principal assets
Photo credit: Benidorm town hall
UK and foreign holidaymakers can book vacations in Spain´s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca for July, says the country´s tourism minister.
Reyes Marolo made the comments in a radio interview, stating that the country´s two-week self-quarantine period for overseas visitors would be suspended by then.
What is totally unclear at the moment is what the position will be for countries like the UK, and whether they will put aside their travel quarantine measures once July arrives.
Marolo´s statement followed the announcement by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday that Spain would welcome back international tourism in July.
One of the worst-hit nations in the world from the coronavirus, Spain, which is the second-most visited country in the world in terms of tourism, is gradually easing its lockdown measures, though it has kept a quarantine for visitors so as to prevent a second wave of infections.
“It is perfectly coherent to plan summer vacations to come to Spain in July,” Reyes Maroto told the radio station Onda Cero.
Tourism is vital to the Spanish economy as it welcomed 83.7 million tourists in 2019, putting it only second behind France.
Foreign visitors also pumped €92 billion into the economy, representing 12 per centof the country’s GDP and providing almost 13% of Spanish jobs.
On Saturday, Sanchez said:- I’m announcing to you that there will be a tourist season this year and I invite all tourist establishments to start preparing from today so they can restart their activities in a few days from now.”
Spain´s coronavirus case levels have been brought under control with authorities reporting fewer than 100 daily deaths for a number of consecutive days.
Those encouraging statistics came after the country ended up being one of the worst-hit countries with more than 234,800 confirmed cases and 28,600 deaths out of a population of almost 47 million.
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