By Cathy Elelman • 28 July 2020 • 11:38
THE Costa Almeria is a safe holiday destination, the provincial government has insisted.
“There is no reason for not being able to safely and with guarantees enjoy everything the Costa Almeria offers if you act with social responsibility and following the authorities’ recommendations”, stressed provincial council spokesman Fernando Gimenez in a Diputacion statement issued on Tuesday morning.
CREDIT: Diputacion de Almeria
The administration was reacting to Jet2’s announcement on Monday that it was suspending its flights and holiday programme for the Costa Almeria from July 28 to August 16.
The Jet2 move came in the wake of the UK’s government shock decision to implement a 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement on all travellers returning from Spain and the Foreign Office advice against all non-essential travel to the country.
Gimenez explained the Diputacion has sent a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calling for a meeting with Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez and the British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliot “to study measures and propose solutions which unblock this situation which seriously affects the national and provincial economy.”
The deputy underlined the importance of the British tourist market for Almeria.
Travellers from the UK accounted for more than 354,000 of the approximately one million air passengers who flew into Almeria last year.
He explained in the Diputacion’s view the national government needs to assist Almeria and try to find solutions as it is for other parts of Spain.
Gimenez also pledged the provincial administration will “continue working and exhausting all possible avenues to maintain the tourism season afloat and to not lose the Costa Almeria’s privileged position in the British market.”
The deputy did acknowledge there have been recent Covid-19 outbreaks in several places in the province, but stressed “the situation is completely under control.”
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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.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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