UK Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott today clarified that the Balearic and UK governments are working towards ‘sustainable tourism’ which understands that ‘there are limits’ on holidays and that “we must be respectful”. Elliott noted that the current situation was “post-COVID” and insisted that town planning rules must be respected, a message against overtourism that will continue to be conveyed in the British media.
Elliott, who today met Balearic Islands President Francena Armingol to discuss matters relating to the arrival of summer, was confident the islands would matter again this summer. With 3.7 million UK visitors in 2019, before the pandemic.
Elliott explained that there were only ‘hints’ at the moment of the new summer, but that April was ‘very strong and very good’, adding ‘credibility’ to the fact that the summer months so are traditional.
The President of the Balearic Islands with the British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliot.
Elliott said after the meeting, which was also attended by Finance and External Relations Minister Rosario Sanchez, that the data for the new year is “very encouraging”; The Consul General of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in Catalonia, Aragon, Andorra and the Balearic Islands, Lloyd Millen, and the Vice-Consul of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in the Balearic Islands, Lucy Gorman .
The ambassador played down the fact that the British had to have their passports on them and hoped they would be back by then. Airports in the Balearic Islands and Europe are “as fluid as possible”.
Recall that last April, Portugal became the first country in the European Union to no longer consider British travelers as visitors from “third countries”, thus defying Brexit, allowing them to pass through gates (and gates ) specials and avoiding long queues.
The ambassador was asked about the British government’s recommendation that its citizens apply for their passports ten weeks in advance. Due to the many requests you want to travel.
The diplomat commented that after the pandemic there are “extraordinary” cases and that despite “the fact that there are delays” in obtaining a passport, the British authorities are working to ensure that all tourists have their official travel documents. These are temporary problems and small pitfalls that will be resolved.
Regarding the criticisms of the parties and social groups of the Balearic Islands on the tourist overcrowding in the archipelago, Elliott replied that he was “aware” of this public debate and responded by saying:Any decision made in this regard will be respected.
“Big movements of people have certain consequences and you have to see where the balance is,” he added.
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