Wednesday, June 29

The advance of the Delta variant threatens the recovery of British tourism

The uncontrolled advance of the Delta variant in Spain threatens to return to complicate the mobility of British tourists and, specifically, in their trips to Spain. The reason is that the UK Government is considering putting Spain in “amber-plus” in its traffic light of restrictions, which would cause reintroduce a ten-day quarantine upon returnEven for vaccinated tourists, they shouldn’t do it if they are in amber as is currently the case. Spain would enter the same lot as Greece and in which France is also now. The decision would disastrous for the imminent August, although for the moment, quarantine or not, the llifting of total restrictions on British traveling to countries in amber (Spain), has not had a positive effect on the Tourism sector from the Costa Blanca. There are barely any English reserves coming in for August, although the market does start to move for the fall. The british tourism it represents 30% of the foreign total in August usually.

As the United Kingdom peels off the daisy of the restrictions, good news: as of Monday, August 2, fully vaccinated travelers from most European countries and the United States who are in amber at the English traffic light, (so if Spain goes to amber -plus, nothing ) will be able to enter England without the need for quarantine or a second PCR on the eighth day after arrival.

A British family of tourists, yesterday in Benidorm. | DAVID REVENGA

The Government eliminates from next Monday the quarantine in England for people who come from the United States and the European Union who have completed their vaccination schedule. Thus, all passengers fully immunized with the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as with the vaccination program Swiss, they will be able to travel to England from the countries that are in the amber zone.

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“We have made great strides to be able to reopen international travel. Whether it’s a family meeting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade, we can all enjoy this progress, ”said Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps.

Nevertheless, It will still be mandatory to present a negative test upon entry to England and to have a PCR performed within two days of being on British soil. At the same time, the British Government has confirmed the restart from England of the activity for the international cruises.

For their part, airlines yesterday they expressed their disappointment with the behavior of tourism in June, a month that should be the beginning of the high season, but in which the companies transported only 20% passengers compared to the same month of 2019, the year used to establish the true level of activity of the air Transport. It is considered that the comparison with 2020 would be distorted by the extraordinary impact of the covid pandemic. This is not a recovery, it is an ongoing crisis caused by government inaction, IATA Director General Willie Walsh said in a statement. Demand in June was 60.1% below pre-pandemic levels, although it improved slightly compared to the 62.9% drop in May. July is expected to be a little better.

The Government sends 139 million for sustainability

Turisme yesterday organized a webinar to explain to destinations and companies in the tourism sector the Destination Tourism Sustainability Strategy promoted by the Ministry of Tourism, which will involve an injection of 139 million euros to invest in tourism plans in the next three years. The autonomic secretary of Tourism, Francesc Colomer, emphasized in the day that “the coordination between the administrations will be essential”.

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