Majorca, an island in the Balearics, is in danger of having hotel bookings completely wiped out due to increased localised coronavirus outbreaks. The Balearic Islands, which are made up of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and others, have suffered the highest level of hotel cancellations at regional level. The islands have had 70 percent of their bookings cancelled due to uncertainty from their main markets which includes the UK.
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The situation has meant that hoteliers who thought they would be able to open in August are now deciding to stay closed.
There are currently 122 active cases of coronavirus in the Balearic Islands.
However, there have only been five new infections reported in the last 24 hours and no new deaths.
In total, the Balearic Islands have had 230 deaths since the start of the outbreak in March.
Health chiefs say the figures are low and insist the Balearics are a safe place to visit with all health and safety regulations in force and full protocols in place in the event of any new outbreaks of the virus.
Some parts of Spain are having to deal with new outbreaks every day, with many regions imposing tighter restrictions which is fuelling concerns for would-be holidaymakers.
Barcelona, Murcia and Catalonia are some of the regions which have been seen small outbreaks.
A town in the Murcia region has been forced back into “Phase One” of Spain’s lockdown plane due to a sudden surge in new coronavirus cases.
The outbreak was in the town of Totana.
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Yesterday, the Ministry of Health reported 971 new positive coronavirus tests in 24 hours.
Business anaylysts from Majorca-based Dingus have studied cancellations in hotels in the Balearics.
Dingus specialises in “tourism properties commercialisation” and offers products such as RoomOnLine for direct sales through hotels’ websites.
The company says Spanish hotels have only confirmed 36 percent of their sales and that the cancellation ratio in the period from July 5 to July 20 approached 64 percent.
Paula Servera of Dingus said: “When we were already in the midst of a pandemic, there was a desire to travel and people kept reserving but they did so with the possibility of cancelling and waiting for a more favourable evolution of the situation.
“For this reason, they are reservations that now translates into such high cancellation percentages.”
Vice president of the Majorca Hotel Business Federation, María José Aguiló said: “There is a lot of confusion in all the source markets with what is happening in Spain and in holiday destinations with anti-virus measures.”
And the Hotel Association of Palma-Cala Major told Ultiimahora.es this morning: “The cancellations are very recent but they are more.
“Right now there are more cancellations than reservations and each company will have to make the appropriate decisions for the remainder of the tourist season.”
Hotel chains claim the image being given of Majorca in the European source markets is that “something is failing because measures are adopted overnight, without consensus, and that affects the image of the destination.
“This reduces confidence in the Central European issuing markets.”
Cancellations are particularly rife in Platja de Palma, Platja de Muro, Cala Millor, Palmanova-Magaluf, Cala D’Or, Alcúdia-Can Picafort, Cala Ratjada and Pollensa.
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has admitted that cancellations are taking place in some Spanish tourist destinations, due to the “insecurity” caused by the outbreaks.
She added: “I hope that the numbers will improve as we control the outbreaks.
“Right now, the regrowth continues to generate insecurity and cancellations are taking place in vacation areas.”
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.
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