Hotels not participating in Imserso

Hotels in Mallorca and the Balearic Islands had warned that they would not participate in the 2022/2023 season Imserso program subsidized holidays for Spanish seniors, and the majority of these hotels are heeding this warning.

Imserso Vacations, available in different parts of the country, will go on sale September 20. The first visitors to Balearics The arrival is scheduled for the first half of October. Forty-four hotels have taken part in the program (mostly in Mallorca and mainly in Playa de Palma or Magalluf/Palmanova), but to date not a third have registered for 2022/2023.

Hotels, and certainly not just in the Balearic Islands, have long been at odds with the Spanish government over the payments they receive. Rising costs have exacerbated discontent, with hotels insisting that a payment per tourist per night (all inclusive) 23.50 euros is too little. The scheme falls under the Department of Social Rights, not the Department of Tourism, and Social Rights Minister Ione Belarra has adamantly rejected any increase that would make the holiday more expensive.

The executive vice president of the Mallorca Hoteliers Federation, María José Aguiló, points out that participation in the program “is voluntary, freely decided by the companies, and their membership depends on the interests of each”. She adds that “a profound update” of the program is necessary. This is not only in terms of price but also with regard to the profile of Imserso travelers and the activities offered to them. They are no longer the same as “40 years ago”.