After the travel warning for Mallorca: This is the death knell for tourism this season
The German travel warning for Mallorca poses almost unsolvable problems for the tourism industry there. Health Minister Spahn expresses understanding, but remains tough on the matter. Hoteliers are now expecting closings. Some still believe in miracles.
Hotel entrepreneurs in Mallorca are prepared for the worst after the German travel warning. “I’m condemned to close. My only customer is Tui. If the hotel is emptied in a week, I have to close in ten days,” the newspaper “Diario de Mallorca” quoted a hotelier in Playa de Palma on Sunday.
This area with its many hotels would lose its meaning and importance without the German vacationers. “In a week or ten days everything will be empty here,” the newspaper quotes another entrepreneur. With the German veto against trips to Mallorca, the worst fears would have come true. The newspaper wrote that it was a “death blow” for tourism .
A minus of 98 percent
The slump in the tourism business is already historic. In the past record year, more than 16 million domestic and foreign holidaymakers came to the Balearic Islands , which also includes Mallorca. The income was more than 16 billion euros. This year earnings were close to zero through the end of May due to the lockdown. From June, holidaymakers from the EU and Schengen countries were allowed to enter again.
But only a few came and the income was like a drop in the bucket: almost 43.5 million euros, a decrease of a good 98 percent compared to the same month last year. At the same time, the costs of hotels, restaurants and nightspots designed for mass tourism continue to run. This is not economically viable for long. In normal times, the industry contributes 35 percent to the islands’ economic output.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) expressed understanding for the difficult situation, but remained tough in terms of risk areas and travel warnings . The minister said on Saturday that he knows what this government decision means for many vacationers, for travel agencies or for Spain. “But unfortunately the number of infections is increasing there, too much.”
In the ARD, Spahn emphasized that a travel warning is not a travel ban. You can and should continue your vacation, but be vigilant, keep your distance, observe hygiene rules and wear everyday masks in certain situations. “The virus doesn’t go on vacation. That’s why we have to take good care of each other on vacation.”
Package tourists can terminate the travel contract
On Friday, the federal government extended the travel warning that had previously applied to some Spanish regions to the entire Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands including Mallorca. Only the Canary Islands are excluded from the travel warning, which allows package tourists to terminate the travel contract free of charge.