There is desire to travel again and intention to pack. The question is where to go at a time when, although vaccination is progressing, covid-19 is still very present. We have asked experts and consulted rankings, and the conclusion is that getaways within Spain will win by a landslide this summer, followed by trips to international destinations that have managed to convey that they are safe, have put facilities at the entrance of tourists and have good air connections.
Friendly and well connected
“The destinations with the most pull this summer will be those that are very open to tourism, have built a reputation in terms of pandemic management and low incidence of covid, and have a good air connection,” says Sonia Prieto, professor ESIC’s Master in Luxury Tourism. Your candidates are the islands Seychelles, Arab Emirates and the Maldives, with which Iberia has announced two weekly flights from Madrid for July and August. None of the three requests quarantine, “only a PCR, a confirmed hotel reservation in some cases and medical insurance that covers a potential incident, a condition that will be increasingly popular in all destinations,” he adds.
Prieto believes that Dominican Republic it will continue to rise this summer in the Caribbean area. “They do not ask for PCR, they do take the temperature upon arrival and do random breath tests to test control of the disease,” he says. While in Europe they will be a trend Greece, Turkey Y Portugal. The flight and hotel search engine Jetcost includes the two Portuguese archipelagos (Madeira and Azores) in a list of safe destinations for the next vacations, and attributes it to “their small population, the few cases of contagion and that these are destinations in which the strong point is nature ”, He explains in a press release.
Experts agree that this summer there will be many people looking for fresh air and fleeing from crowds, to “keep their distance and feel safe,” according to the apostle Inmaculada Martínez-Ruiz, CEO of the digital transition consultancy for IMR tourism. Costa Rica it has known how to orient itself very well towards this type of tourism connected with nature. “We are the quintessential sustainable tourist sanctuary destination, without the need for PCR tests and with extensive air connectivity at the European level”, defends the Costa Rican Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, in his country’s presentation at Features of 2021. Georgia, which has also bet heavily on this fair, is postulated as “one of the most attractive international territories”, due to its location, between Europe and Asia, and its “unique” nature, with villages in the Caucasus mountains and beaches in the Black Sea.
The cultural claim
“We have spent more than a year with closed museums and monuments; we want to visit them again ”, emphasizes Prieto, who sees a clear rebound in cultural tourism. It is the lever you are using Egypt with its Great Egyptian Museum, which opens later this year. The country, which tells the world that it wants tourism (and places few limitations on it), figures, by volume of reservations, in the tenth position of the platform’s ranking TravelgateX, when in the summer of 2019 it didn’t even appear. Madrid Y Barcelona they have a lot to say in this area.
Prieto says that destinations “are going beyond the sun, the beach and the mojito”; who are putting in value their artisanal, cultural or gastronomic wealth, and betting on offering experiences. Also the nationals. According to Martínez-Ruiz, “this summer there will be no massive departures of travelers outside of Spain.” For security and, in some cases, due to financial limitations. “Spain will be, as happened in the summer of 2020, the main destination for Spaniards”, they agree from Jetcost.
Aragon presents in Fitur an offer led by sustainable tourism, the Camino de Santiago and gastronomy; Canary Islands, for the beaches and gastronomy; Baleares, for sustainability, active tourism and its beaches. Prieto highlights the islands (especially the Canary Lanzarote Y Tenerife, e Ibiza Y Menorca in the Balearic Islands) and remember that both are fighting to join the green list of safe destinations in the United Kingdom. Other star destinations will be the north of the peninsula, “with Galicia at the head, because he has made a fantastic management of this entry into the new normal ”, he adds, and Asturias, which is postulated as “an adventure and ecotourism destination”. The Costa Brava (Girona) and the Golden Coast (Tarragona), “for the French traveler”. On Andalusia, Cádiz and its “wonderful beaches”, such as Zahara de los Atunes, and Málaga, “Which has been able to open up very well to tourists.”
The Portuguese city of Braga He arrives at Fitur remembering that it is the best European destination of 2021, according to the Best in Europe vote, and taking advantage of a very wide offer that appeals to young people. “We have a bit of everything to enchant the elderly, the young and all the families. Either by day or by night, for its monuments and gastronomy or for its nature and outdoor activities, for the entertainment and fun of the nightlife ”, they emphasize from the Municipal Chamber of the town. “Young people are going to go out to have fun, we have seen it with the end of the state of alarm; there is going to be a boom of parties, ”says Martínez-Ruiz with an island in mind: Ibiza. “The challenge is to provide them with safe environments,” he warns. The Ibiza Leisure Association (AOI) He has proposed to the Balearic Government to carry out pilot tests to reopen the nightclubs from June.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.