BRITISH vacationers may very well be returning to Spain as early as Could following the success of the UK’s vaccination programme, tourism bosses have stated.
Director of the Palma Tourism Board Pedro Homar informed Telegraph Journey he was ‘assured’ that Mallorca summer season holidays can be again this 12 months.
“With the speed during which the UK is rolling out the vaccination, we’re assured that the UK market will probably be one of many first to return to Palma,” he stated.
“By way of timings, we count on the UK market to return from round Could onwards.”
It comes after greater than 10 million individuals have obtained their first coronavirus jab within the UK, whereas Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a goal of absolutely vaccinating each grownup by August.
Homar added that any summer season vacation plans would additionally rely upon the evolution of the pandemic in each international locations over the approaching weeks and months, however that Could was a ‘sensible goal’ for Brits to return.
By way of Easter holidays, the tourism chief stated it’s much less seemingly that Brits may return so rapidly, however added it was ‘too early to say.’
Different areas, resembling Andalucia, have but to place a date on after they count on British holidaymakers again.
Tourism black gap trigger by COVID
Figures launched this week confirmed that international vacationer numbers to Spain dropped by 77.3% year-on-year in 2020, with simply 19 million holidaymakers flying in from overseas.
These 19 million spent a complete of €19.74 billion, representing a year-on-year lower of 78.5% (down from a record-breaking €92.278 billion in 2019).
The grim knowledge was launched by the Nationwide Institute of Statistics (INE), the Vacationer Expenditure Survey (Egatur) and the Border Actions Survey (Frontur).
The figures would have seemingly been far dire had the nation not loved an virtually restriction-free first quarter.
Andalucia was the third most visited area by foreing vacationers, accounting for 14.3% of those that visited the nation. It was preceded by Catalunya, house to Barcelona, and the Canary Islands, which took 25% of international vacationers’ spending final 12 months.
The vacationers which got here to Spain in 2020 had been principally from France, the UK and Germany.
However Brits noticed the most important drop, with 82.4% fewer visiting Spain final 12 months in comparison with 2019.
The variety of French and German guests fell year-on-year by 65.2% and 78.4% respectively.