By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 15 Jun 2020 • 18:50
FIRST ARRIVALS: German tourists touch down in Mallorca on Monday morning
CREDIT: Govern de les Illes Balears Facebook @GovernIllesBalears
TUI chief executive Sebastian Ebel said he is optimistic about Mallorca having a good tourist season.
Speaking on Monday at a news conference to present the pilot project allowing Germans to travel to the Balearics for holidays through so-called safe travel corridors, the TUI head also said he hoped this year’s season on the island would be extended.
Balearic Island Presdent Francina Armengol has expressed the hope the season will run until the end of the year.
Ebel said he had been surprised by the number of bookings, and issued assurances that the tourism group had the capacity to increase its flight offer in the short-term.
He also commented on the value of the pilot project, despite it being cut short by a week following Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s announcement on Sunday that Spain is bringing forward reopening its borders with Schengen zone countries, with the exception of Portugal, from July 1 to June 22.
He described the initiative as “a fantastic marketing opportunity”, referring to the enormous amount of media coverage it has attracted.
“If we had had to pay for this publicity campaign, the money would not be enough,“ he said.
Both TUI and the Balearic Island government see the project as a good way to test the healthy safety protocols and measures put in place due to the new situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to project the archipelago as a safe holiday destination.
Ebel pointed out that Mallorca has long been a favourite holiday choice for Germans, expressing the view that the hospitality and the high health standards will encourage people who are still uncertain to come.”
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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