By Ron Howells • 21 July 2021 • 10:48
Balearic Islands Hotel industry remains anxious over UK and Germany's 'amber-plus' rating. image: Wikipedia
Balearic Islands Hotel industry remains anxious over UK and Germany’s decision on ‘amber-plus’ rating.
Hoteliers in the Balearics are said to be anxiously awaiting travel decisions from both the German and UK Governments after a sharp rise in coronavirus infections gripped the Islands.
Guest occupancy levels in hotels across some areas are already well below expectations for the time of year with the blame put squarely on the ups and downs of the pandemic.
“There is a lot of alarm and concern because the entire tourist season is at stake. If London decides to move the Balearic Islands from ‘Amber’ to ‘Amber Plus’ British tourists will have to quarantine when they return to the UK. The same could happen with Germany who may require PCR tests or some type of quarantine,” said Hoteliers in Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
The British Government is due to announce its decision on Thursday, July 22, followed by the German Government on Friday.
Tourist Groups and Tour Operators are also worried as any change in travel restrictions means they will be forced to reschedule hundreds of tourist packages and flights from the UK and Germany to the Balearic Islands, possibly opening the door for thousands of refunds.
It is also thought that Greece may also be added to the UK’s ‘Amber Plus’ list due to the continued rise of infections in the country.
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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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