Brits are swapping Spanish hols for other destinations this summer as country is too unclear on reopening date – The Sun
BRITS are avoiding holidays to Spain and are instead opting for other destinations after the lockdown, due to the uncertainty surrounding the country.
Conflicting reports have claimed that while tourist resorts want to open to visitors by June, Spain could be closed to holidaymakers until next year.
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Majorca predicts tourists returning by the summer holidays, and the President of the Regional Government of Andalusia has come out in favour of opening 1,000km of beaches in July and August.
However, Tenerife says no visitors until at least October.
While Benidorm also initially saw a spike in bookings for September, travellers are now moving their holidays to other European countries due to fears that Spain may not open in time.
Travel agent Jenny Summers from Hayes Travel told the RTN that there is "no information" to give British families looking to book holidays to Benidorm, so they are opting for alternative holiday destinations.
She added: "If only the Spanish government gave a good indication then I feel the customers would hold on, but they aren’t with no details coming through."
Local bar owner Kevin Davies in Benidorm also said that while his local customers were asking about when the region would re-open he had "nothing to tell them at all," adding it would be a "tough summer".
Not only could holidays to Spain be off the cards, but a trip to the country is likely to be very different from before.
Spanish resorts on the mainland, as well as in the Canary Islands and the Balearics, have been fired up by the gloomy outlook and are determined to fight back, even if holidaymakers are only local people or from within Spain itself until the European borders reopen.
Beaches could see sunbathing rules which enforce 6ft social distancing.
One of the main tasks will be to make sure people on the beaches self-regulate or are forced to do so with some kind of barriers, perhaps cones, ropes or fencing.
Some of the resorts face having to mark out thousands of miles of beaches in a bid to keep tourists apart from each other during the coronavirus de-escalation phase.
Tourists visiting Spain will almost certainly be advised to wear masks and will have their temperature taken when arriving at airports and ports.
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Holidays abroad also depend on the lockdown in the UK – this comes after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Brits not to book any summer holidays yet.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier this week, Mr Shapps said: "Clearly people will want to see what the trajectory of this disease is in the next few weeks.
"I won't be booking a summer holiday at this point, let's put it that way."
If you want to book your summer holiday, here is what you need to know to stay protected.
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