After receiving 83.5 million tourists in 2019, the world’s second largest tourist destination, the number of tourists in 2020 has dropped by 77%.
To revive a key sector of the economy destroyed by the pandemic, Spain reopened its gates and beaches to vaccinated tourists on Monday, June 7. From Monday, the Spanish border is open to all vaccinated people from all over the world.Another relaxation measure aimed at revitalizing the tourism industry, Europeans who have not been vaccinated have the right to come but must submit PCR (for Polymerase chain reaction Or polymerase chain reaction) negative for less than seventy-two hours, and now it can meet an antigen test, which is much cheaper.
“Spain is a safe destination”, Health Minister Carolina Darias said that the country is “On the road to regaining global tourism leadership” Although it received 83.5 million tourists in 2019, the number of tourists in 2020 has dropped by 77%. Considerable unfavorable factors. The second largest tourist destination in the world is still considered by the United Kingdom to be in danger. The United Kingdom levied about 40 people on returning its nationals, which was enough to discourage them from coming to enjoy the Spanish sun.
For professionals in the industry, this day should mark the return of foreign tourists.Therefore, José Luis Prieto, President of the Union of Travel Agents (UNAV), began to believe “Monday’s amazing recovery”According to him, the travel agency found “In the past three weeks, the three major markets of Britain, France and Germany have had a great demand for information.” For Spanish tourism. Due to its heavy dependence on tourism, the Spanish economy is one of the Western economies hardest hit by the pandemic in 2020, with its GDP falling by 10.8%.
From the Costa del Sol to the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands, hotels and restaurants have reopened after months of closure, some places have been remodeled, and airlines have resumed flights to some destinations. Malaga Airport is the most important airport in Andalusia (south). On Monday morning alone, no less than 20 international flights landed from Berlin, Lille, Frankfurt, Dublin or London… .
“Disappointed” For the Spanish Minister of Health, the United Kingdom left Spain on the list of dangerous countries last week, requiring its nationals to pass several paid tests and undergo quarantine for at least five days upon return. Nonetheless, since May 24, Spain has extended arms to British tourists. This is the first team in a normal period (18 million in 2019), once again allowed to enter the country without even undergoing PCR testing. Nationals of a few other countries, such as China or Japan, are also not subject to all restrictions.