By Cathy Elelman • 15 August 2020 • 18:54
TRAVEL WARNING: The German government has included the Balearics in its advice against non-essential travel to Spain
CREDIT: Govern Illes Baleares Sala de Prensa
IN a devastating blow to the Mallorca tourism sector, all German tour operators have cancelled package holidays to the Balearic Islands, the DRV German Tourism Association announced on Saturday.
The move comes after the German government issued a warning on Friday against non-essential travel for the whole of Spain, except the Canary Islands, due to an increase in Covid-19 cases.
A statement from the tourism association described it as “normal procedure” for a travel firm to cancel organised trips if a government advices against going to a region due to the pandemic situation.
The cancellations will be announced on a weekly basis, allowing for a monitoring of the situation on the islands and proportionate action.
According to DRV there are currently some 30,000 German package holiday tourists in the Balearics.
Travel firm TUI had already announced it will enable its customers holidaying in Spain to return home early and will allow those due to travel to the country with the company to change their bookings.
Despite Berlin’s decision to include the archipelago in its travel warning on Spain, the Balearic government Tourism, Economic Model and Employment regional minister says all is not completely lost for this year’s tourism season on the islands.
In an interview with regional TV on Saturday, Iago Negueruela said he hoped the Covid-19 situation would improve and that Germany will change the advice on the Balearics.
He also expressed the hope that it would be possible to establish a safe travel corridor with the UK.
“We remain a safe destination”, he insisted.
Negueruela did however admit that “it will be a very atypical season, of opening and closing according to how the main markets are operating in respect to us.”
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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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