One of Spain’s top hotel managers is confident that the introduction of the Covid vaccine will bring a recovery to the trip – but he called for cheaper tests to encourage vacationers to flee.
Nacho Gozalbo, Ibiza Commercial Director Palladium Hotel Groupsaid he was optimistic about this summer – despite the pandemic that is decimating the winter holiday season in Spain.
He said he was confident that the accessibility of the Sting in the UK and Spain, coupled with advances in testing technology, would allow the resumption of vacation and travel in the coming months.
Mr Gozalbo said: “Given how the pandemic has evolved over the past few weeks, we didn’t see traditional highs in early January. However, we are more confident about late bookings and expect strong sales periods in April and May.
“In terms of booking trends, our two most popular hotels for the UK market continue to be Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife and Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa. Both are large five-star hotels that offer guests plenty of space and service.
“We learned a lot in 2020 and we are optimistic that the vaccine will be rolled out in both the UK and Spain so that restrictions can be relaxed and travel resumed. We believe the UK traveling audience is very resilient and.” we know it’s there. ” The demand for holidays in the Balearic and Canary Islands is enormous.
“Given the proximity of the islands, UK flight connections, infrastructure and knowing the destination, we are very confident that we will have a positive summer season.
“The rate of rebooking from 2020 will remain high, which means we will move into 2021 in a strong and stable position.”
The hotel manager said people’s safety was the top priority in the industry.
Mr Gozalbo added: “With regard to the new requirements for tests on arrival in the UK, it is understandable that the UK needs to prevent new strains of the virus from entering the country and focus on bringing the health situation under control .
“This is currently also a requirement for high-risk countries in Spain, based on the Covid rate.
“We have an excellent health infrastructure in the destinations we operate and see no logistical problems with British visitors accessing tests. The Palladium Hotel Group has also invested in its own health insurance for hotel guests to offer our visitors even more confidence. “”
Testing should also become more affordable for travelers, he stressed.
“Tourism is a huge part of the Spanish economy, particularly in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, and we know that the safe continuation of tourism will be an important priority for everyone, including local authorities, including what is necessary. ” Infrastructure to test and make sure this is an affordable option.
“The biggest challenge in 2020 was the ongoing uncertainty. Of course we have introduced a number of new health and safety measures in our properties and can react quickly to new measures and regulations. We also have contingency plans to protect the business.
“Nonetheless, vaccine developments and our long and close relationship with the UK market give us optimism for the year ahead.”