Brits face sold-out hotels in Spain despite being on June green list

BRITS could struggle to book vacations to Spain this summer, as hoteliers warn that many hotels may not be open until July.

The Benidorm hotel association HOSBEC has warned that 50% of their hotels won’t open until July, or when they know when overseas travel can return.


Many hotels in Benidorm may not open until JulyCredit: Alamy

HOSBEC President Toni Mayor told local media: “Despite the state of alarm that ended over the weekend, the lack of international visitors, especially those from the UK, means that many hotels will not reopen at this time. “

The UK travel ban is set to be lifted from May 17, as Britons can travel to low-risk destinations on the “green list” without having to self-quarantine on their return.

However, most of Europe is likely to be on the ‘orange list’ which means people can visit but will have to quarantine for ten days when they return to the UK.

While destinations such as Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar are likely to be on the green list, holiday favorite Spain will likely have to wait for a review in June, sources say.

Victoria Puche of the Spanish Hotel Association APHA warned that the situation was “bad” with “almost no” hotel reservations for June.

Spain said it hopes to welcome tourists from June


Spain said it hopes to welcome tourists from JuneCredit: Alamy
Local bar owners said they still hope for a great summer


Local bar owners said they still hope for a great summerCredit: Alamy
Holidays abroad have yet to give the green light to the British


Holidays abroad have yet to give the green light to the BritishCredit: Alamy

She also said the decision by Jet2 to cancel all public holidays and flights until June 23 was also hampering bookings, being one of the main operators to connect the UK and Spain.

However, Spanish bar owners have promised the ‘best summer’ for UK holidaymakers, with £ 1.30 a pint.

This follows the announcement by Spain’s Tourism Minister Fernando Valdes Verelst, who revealed he was in talks with the UK over digital vaccination certificates, while confirming that the country will welcome the British again. from June.

Vacation spots are always gearing up in hopes of a resumption of the tourist season – in Benidorm, a million-euro investment is giving a facelift to a 300m stretch of iconic Calle Mallorca, bordered by of bars, nightclubs and lively hotels in the city.

The region has been busy preparing for an influx of holidaymakers by investing millions in modernizing hotels, apartments and services to give Britons an unforgettable summer after so long locked up.

Mr Valdes had previously said Spain was “desperate” for the British to return this summer.

He told Sky News: “I think we’ll be ready here in Spain. We also think the UK vaccination program is going pretty well, so hopefully we will see a restart of the holidays this summer.”

The travel warning against the Canary Islands was also removed from the Foreign Ministry’s website this week, raising hopes that they could open before the mainland.

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