Spanish tourism leaders begged the British to spend their holidays in Menorca | United Kingdom | New
Experts hope the island will turn green along with Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Malta, the Canaries, Finland, Jamaica, Barbados, Morocco and Grenada. Zakynthos, Rhodes, Kos and Antigua are also full of hope. The cumulative rate of Covid in Menorca is 8.4 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days. There is no infection in people 65 years of age and over. Susana Mora, President and Minister of Tourism of Menorca, declares: “We hope that the Balearic Islands will be added to the green list. We are now ready.
The Balearic Islands and Valencia are the only autonomous communities to keep the 14-day incidence rate below 50, while the Spanish average is over 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The vaccination program has also intensified in Menorca with 41.8% of its 100,000 inhabitants having received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine and 17.7% fully vaccinated.
Spain remains classified amber in the UK’s traffic light system, so returning travelers must self-isolate for 10 days and pass two Covid tests – on days two and eight.
British tourists will also leave at their own risk, as guidelines currently recommend against traveling to orange destinations unless essential.
Spain includes the Balearic Islands but excludes the Canaries.
It comes after Secretary of State for Tourism Fernando Valdés told the Daily Express: “The UK is our primary source market. “We have greatly missed our visitors from the UK and look forward to welcoming them again soon. ”
Spain is the second most visited country in the world after France and traditionally welcomes more than 80 million tourists per year. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez put the UK on the country’s non-EU exemption list, which also applies to Japan, in recognition of the crucial role tourists play.
Portugal – ranked green – remains the only realistic sun destination in southern Europe on the approved list.
The limited choice of British holidaymakers has prompted Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye to demand that ministers give the besieged travel industry and families confidence that they could escape this summer, claiming that 500,000 jobs depended on it.
Last night easyJet flights to Menorca, traveling on Saturday and returning a week later, were available for £ 185.
The destinations already on the green list are Australia, Brunei, the Falkland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
Comment from Susana Mora
We look forward to the UK government update and hope the Balearic Islands will be added to the Green List so that we can welcome UK visitors to Menorca again.
Menorca is one of the safest destinations in the country for a vacation this summer, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health.
Our island has effectively managed the pandemic with extremely low Covid rates and a high vaccination rate.
We are perfectly positioned to provide vacationers with a safe and enjoyable vacation. Our island has always been committed to preserving its essence, roots and culture which have helped create a unique identity that is appreciated by so many British visitors. Without a doubt, this year has been very difficult for our tourism sector.
For months, we have worked with our tourism industry to put in place protocols and adapt various tourist spaces and areas to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our visitors.
Our ambition is to continue to create a long-term, sustainable tourism model that benefits our island community and provides the best experience for those who vacation here.
We are now ready to welcome British guests to enjoy the balance of nature, tranquility and authenticity so unique in Menorca.
• Susana Mora is the Minister of Tourism of Menorca