By Ron Howells • 12 June 2021 • 8:51
Holiday Prices Slashed Across European Amber Destinations. image: Shutterstock
Holiday Prices Slashed Across European Amber Destinations.
Holidaymakers can now make huge savings if they choose a destination on the UK Government’s amber list, new figures have revealed.
Average prices for breaks in Portugal in July or August fell by 64% in the week after the Government suddenly moved the country from green to amber compared with the previous seven days, price comparison website TravelSupermarket said.
Seven-night family package breaks during the school holidays are available from as little as £180 per person, according to the firm.
Thousands of British holidaymakers paid over-the-top airlines prices to get back in time to miss the quarantine for Portuguese arrivals on Tuesday, June 8 at 4.00 am. as people returning to the UK from amber destinations must self-isolate at home for 10 days.
The decision to move Portugal from green to amber, and not make any additions to the green list, led to a furious reaction from the travel industry. as there are no viable major summer hotspots on the quarantine-free green list.
Summer holidays on Spain’s Canary Islands, which are also on the amber list, are lower than before the coronavirus pandemic. The biggest savings compared with 2019 prices are on Gran Canaria (25% cheaper), but prices are also reduced on Tenerife (23%), Lanzarote (15%) and Fuerteventura (12%).
Prices for trips to another amber destination, the Greek island of Corfu, are down 20% on pre-pandemic levels. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) does not advise against travel to any of these destinations- however, the UK Government still urges people to avoid holidays to amber locations.
Holiday Prices Slashed
Emma Coulthurst of TravelSupermarket said before the pandemic it would have been “fairly hard” to find a seven-night package holiday during the summer school holidays from less than £300 per person, but “the industry has many holidays to sell”.
She went on: “Prices are often the most expensive at the start of the school holidays as people are itching to get away as soon as they can. This year, they are some of the cheapest due to the current confusion and chaos over how the traffic light system is implemented.”
Many senior figures claimed data shows destinations such as Malta should have been put in the green tier and continue to question why Portugal was not put on a “green watchlist” to highlight it was at risk of being switched.
The UK government said it did not use the new “green watchlist” category on Portugal because it needed to “take swift action” to protect public health in the UK.
Spain’s tourism minister said this week that arrivals into the province of Malaga are expected to equal 2019 levels as airlines offer over 8million seats for the rest of the year.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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