Toni Mayor, the president of the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotel association Hosbec, has issued a dire warning to the tourism industry after Spain
Toni Mayor, the president of the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotel association Hosbec, has issued a dire warning to the tourism industry after Spain was sensationally axed as a safe destination by the UK Government following a surge in coronavirus cases. Passengers arriving in the UK from Spain will now need to self-isolate at home for two weeks after the Foreign Office ended its air bridge agreement late on Saturday evening.
Toni Mayor said the decision will also affect popular resorts in the Canaries and Majorca and warned it risks “crashing down” the tourism industry.
He revealed up to 85 percent of hotels had planned to open as normal in the Mediterranean resort but fears many Britons will now cancel their bookings.
Benidorm depends on the UK for around 40 percent of its holidaymakers.
Mr Mayor said: “It couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was looking pretty good from August 1.
“Bookings were up, including family bookings, and around 85 per cent of our hotels were going to be open, and we were looking forward to having at least something of a normal summer.
“This announcement is going to bring everything crashing down.
“The British tourists who are already here have got no other option but to stay and self-isolate when they return.
“But I fear a lot of those who were going to come are now going to cancel, there’s got to be a question mark over how many tour operators are going to carry on operating as planned.
The Foreign Office guidance warns against all but essential travel to mainland Spain – however this does not include the islands.
Despite this, the blanket quarantine arrangements apply across all the Spanish territories.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We appreciate the disruption for travellers, anyone that’s at risk of losing money needs to go and talk to their travel operator and look at their insurance.
“But we must take these measures to avoid the risk of reinfection into the UK, given the very serious spike in cases in Spain.”