Spain's hotel operators have warned that they will not be able to pay for re-opening until the coronavirus lockout ends unless British holidaymakers return.
Thousands of hotels in Spain will not be able to reopen despite permission to do so from May 11 as part of the country's escape plan.
But hoteliers say that without international vacationers, including the huge British market on which all popular resorts hang, there is no & # 39; point & # 39; spend money that they do not have on social distance and health schemes.
Hoteliers from Benidorm, the Canary Islands, the Costa del Sol and the Balearic Islands say they cannot rely solely on the local and Spanish markets to revitalize the hard hit sector.
A Torremolinos hotel reservation from the Casa Sista restaurant is expecting the end of the lock-up and installing screens in its restaurants on April 29
Thousands of hotels and other tourist accommodations in Spain are unable to reopen despite permission to do so from May 11 as part of the country's escalation plan
They will have to spend millions of euros on health security renovations against a possible coronavirus recurrence and with a huge reduction in capacity due to the need for social distance, plus staff costs, hotels that are already in # 39 ; e deer are simply unable to cope.
Spain has not yet specified when international tourism will be able to resume without dates set for the opening of ports and airports. International travel is expected to be last on the agenda of local, regional and national holidaymakers.
The Spanish Association of Hotels and Tourist Accommodations (CEHAT) has also expressed great disappointment that the government has not told hoteliers what to do, what guidelines to follow and how to manage the health crisis as guests begin to arrive.
Jorge Marichal, president of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodations, said the government has not told hoteliers how to manage the health crisis as guests begin to arrive
President Jorge Marichal said: & # 39; Tourist accommodation establishments such as hotels, apartments, resorts, inns, campsites, spas, which & # 39; do not represent the Confederation, do not know how to go with them this opening and it will also be in & # 39; the vast majority will not be viable from hotel facilities.
& # 39; We need to be told exactly how & # 39; we should go with the opening and what measures will be needed. & # 39;
He said hotel owners can only pay to make all sanitary arrangements if there is & # 39; authorized reasonable mobility & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; If we do not have free movement, with all necessary control measures, we will not act on protocols, & # 39; added Mr Marichal, and, referring to the 70 percent reduction in occupancy, he added: & # 39; This is useless. We just can't open it. & # 39;
He said despite the disappointment, hoteliers would & # 39; not throw in the towel & # 39; and would & # 39; continue to work to save tourism in this country. & # 39;
In Benidorm and on the Costa Blanca, the hotel association HOSBEC said that the de-escalation plan of & # 39; no government & # 39; concrete lifeboat for tourism & # 39; must be.
President, Mayor Toni said: & # 39; In & # 39; In the circumstances proposed by President Sánchez, the opening of hotel institutions in these de-escalation phases is extremely complicated: on the one hand, the limitations of capacity and services are hardly compatible with the tourist activity itself and, on the other hand, to allow hotels to be opened without permitting clients and tourists to move, which is a manifest consequence. & # 39;
& # 39; The first conclusion we make from the government plan is that the hotel activity that allows the de-escalation phases is very poor.
& # 39; In addition, uncertainty goes beyond the end of phase III, scheduled for the end of June: without international air operations, there will be no tourism that restores or activity that can guarantee a return to normalcy at reasonable levels & # 39; s. & # 39;
Without further financial assistance, Hosbec warns of a & # 39; cascade of dismissal, job destruction and even bankruptcy proceedings among hundreds of tourism companies. & # 39;
Benidorm Mayor Toni Perez said despite the difficulties, hoteliers had to offer health security guarantees so that they could bring tourists back wherever they came.
Hoteliers in Mallorca and Ibiza have also made sure that it is not worth opening unless there are international tourists.
& # 39; The de-escalation plan does not solve at all how you should proceed to the opening of hotel settings. The circumstances in which it is set are unenforceable, although they give a false impression of returning to the new normal, & # 39; said a & # 39; a Mallorca Hotel Business Federation.
& # 39; It's much worse in & # 39; In the case of the Balearic Archipelago, where we are absolutely dependent on air arrival and our markets that issue markets come from European countries. Opening hotels is simply not possible. & # 39;
Spain recorded its lowest daily coronavirus attack in six weeks on Thursday, but data showing the economy by its widest margin on record in the first three months of the year remained the heavy cost of measures to to control the outbreak.
Spain has one of & # 39; s most severe outbreaks in & # 39; a world with more than 24,000 deaths in COVID-19 and in & # 39; mid-March, one of & # 39; The strictest lockdowns have been imposed, though officials are confident that the worst has been passed and want to start new measures next week.
Across the country, corrupt companies are thinking about how they can return to normal in an environment where close hygiene and social distance will be of paramount importance.
Canary Islands, Tenerife, lockdown of time. Spain has not yet specified when international tourism will be able to resume without dates set for the opening of ports and airports. International travel is expected to be last on the agenda of local, regional and national celebrities
& # 39; They force us to take action – but it is impossible to get what they are asking for, & # 39; said Livia Patare, a barber in the Canary Islands who can't open Monday. & # 39; Yesterday I went crazy to look for pharmacies and establishments for gloves. & # 39;
Beaches and hotels are located in a tourist sector that is & # 39; one of & # 39; s biggest contributors to & # 39; e economy. Another major driver, construction and real estate, has stopped after only recovering from the 2008 financial crisis.
& # 39; This crisis will be less for hotel workers than 2009 was for construction. At least then we still had tourism, & # 39; said Francisco Rullan, who & # 39; s working in a hotel on the island of Majorca.
The number of deaths related to the coronavirus recorded overnight in Spain fell to 268, the lowest since March 20, according to the Ministry of Health. Falls to 213,435 – in a population of 47 million – from 212,917 the day before.
Spain's economy shrank by 5.2% in the first quarter compared to the previous period, showing preliminary data, with household spending slumping by 7.5%, to keep people at home in the first quarter 39; e went home with most shops, bars and restaurants closed in March.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez outlined a four-phase plan to lift the lockdown with a planned return to normalcy by the end of June.
Under the plan, hairdressers and other businesses that work through Monday will be open by appointment, while restaurants can offer takeaway services.
Towards the end of June, beaches can reopen.
Different areas of the country will go through the stages at different rates, depending on how the rate of infection is evolving and other criteria such as compliance with social distance rules.
. (tagsToTranslate) dailymail (t) news (t) Spain (t) Coronavirus