By John Smith • 16 February 2021 • 16:41
Workers and owners simply want to be able to open
Credit: SOS Turismo
AS previously reported, a number of Mallorca hoteliers worried about the future of tourism in the Balearics have formed the SOS Turismo Initiative and response has been tremendous.
Last Friday, February 12, they launched their manifesto in Palma which calls for an immediate increase in vaccination throughout the Balearics and a much-needed tax cut as well as a properly thought-out plan for the reopening of the entire hospitality industry.
According to a report in Mallorca Daily Bulletin within just a few days, more than 20,000 businesses and individuals have joined in the cry for a plan and banners are appearing on hotels and in bar, restaurant and shop windows across the islands.
With so much of the economy relying upon the tourist trade from not just Germany and the UK but much of Europe, it is impossible for the airlines, cruise companies and holiday firms to plan itineraries and offer holidays when nothing is known of when the holiday season may begin.
Visitors need to know whether they will be able to travel to the Balearics and plan ahead which will give the hospitality industry the confidence to stock up and get ready to open.
Whilst there is no guarantee that the pandemic won’t return again, unless something is done to return to some semblance of normality soon, the organisers fear that there won’t be a tourism industry left to welcome visitors anyway.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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