MADRID/LAS PALMAS (Reuters) – The Canary Islands’ hoteliers mentioned on Thursday they’re in talks with regional and nationwide authorities to arrange fast coronavirus testing for vacationers to attempt to save a minimum of a number of the winter season, after a poor summer time season throughout Spain.
The Atlantic archipelago is a uncommon heat vacation spot in winter in Europe, and that season accounts for half of its annual tourism revenues.
After a pointy drop in tourism amid worries over the COVID-19 pandemic, a UK quarantine and journey warnings from Germany, officers hope fast testing on arrival and departure may assist.
“There are assessments which are sooner and less expensive than PCRs. There are frequent conferences about it”, a spokeswoman of the regional authorities vacationer division mentioned to Reuters, referring to the broadly used PCR laboratory assessments.
Hoteliers mentioned they hoped leads to lower than quarter-hour may assist lure vacationers again. However with the thought for assessments on arrival already floated a number of months again, they feared their plan may take time to materialise.
“It’s going to take a while till it turns into a actuality, so we’re not going to avoid wasting all of the winter season, which begins on November 1, however a minimum of part of it,” mentioned Juan Pablo Gonzalez, supervisor of Asotel, an affiliation of greater than 250 inns within the Tenerife area. Solely a 3rd of them are nonetheless open, he mentioned.
“To be constructive, since we have now already hit the underside of the effectively, all we will do is stand up and step again out,” he mentioned.
Hoteliers have already felt the influence of a poor summer time season. One resort chain, RIU Inns has simply determined to briefly shut 8 out of the 12 inns they opened on the islands when the lockdown ended as a result of lack of vacationers, particularly German guests, a spokeswoman mentioned.
Spanish Tourism minister Reyes Maroto will meet native authorities and vacationer sector representatives on Thursday in Tenerife, the place she is anticipated to announce new measures to assist the sector.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Paola Luelmo; Enhancing by Ingrid Melander and Toby Chopra)