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Hotels in Spain sue Booking.com for 'abusive' practices – '40% more than real price'

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, the apparent good relationship between Spanish hospitality and Booking.com has been blown up. The disagreements started when the OTA decided to allow customers to cancel non-refundable reservations at no cost without checking with hoteliers.

The Madrid Hotel Business Association has now decided to take legal action against Booking.com asking for their practices to be investigated.

They explained the OTA charges its customers up to 40 percent in commissions, which they believe to be “abusive and contrary to competition law”.

The Spanish hotels didn’t seem to have complaints with the platform before the pandemic, as Booking.com accounts for 80 percent of their billing.

However, and after numerous complaints, the Hotel Association is now urging authorities to look into Booking.com’s practices.

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Spain is one of the hardest hit countries with a loss of 67 million euros and a drop of 77 percent in tourism.

Hotel owners believe the fact that the platform charges up to 40 percent more than the property’s real price in commissions has a direct negative impact on the tourism establishments, which are already struggling due to the pandemic.

They also claimed there were unethical practices regarding “the control the website has over the guests, as with the booking management and the payment of the service, Booking.com also obtains the control of the client, which has a negative effect on the hotel establishment, which is the one that provides this service”.

Back in April, the Spanish Association of Hotel Directors had already filed a complaint about Booking’s rates and commissions.

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However, the travel operator replied to that saying “it is fair that hotels offer at least the same price on Booking.com as on their own website.”

It argued its rates are “fair” due to the promotion it carries out on the hotel’s offer.

In this war, it seems that Google has taken part on the hotel side.

This year, the American multinational has made public its proposal to offer free booking links to hotels.

Google’s goal is to break the duopoly of Booking and Expedia, which account for 50 percent of world tourism.

Express.co.uk has approached Booking.com for comment.

Currently, Booking.com is being investigated by the Italian Government for tax evasion.

They claim the travel company has evaded 153 million euros of value added tax (VAT) in connection with holiday rentals booked through its platform.

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Italian police said they “uncovered a massive tax evasion of more than 150 million euros in unpaid VAT from 2013 to 2019 by a multinational online travel agency based in the Netherlands”.

Booking.com confirmed it has received the audit report “which we intend to discuss in full cooperation with the Italian tax authorities”.

However, the company argues that hotels owners that use the platform are responsible for collecting and paying the VAT they owe in Italy and other European Union countries.

Colonel Ivan Bixio, head of the Genoa police group leading the investigation, told Reuters the sort of evasion they had uncovered “generates huge profits to the beneficiaries, harming public budgets and altering the rules of competition.”

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Spain holidays: 'Immense void' without Britons – Majorca hotels 'paralysed' by amber list

Spain’s Balearic Islands have faced devastation as a result of the UK’s travel restrictions, with the nation currently off-limits to leisure travellers. According to local officials, hundreds of hotels in Majorca have made the decision to further suspend reopening until Britons are welcomed back.

Typically, before the COVID-19 pandemic took its hold, around 2.3 million Britons visit Majorca every year.

This figure makes up around 26 percent of the destination’s total tourist traffic according to ABC Mallorca.

However, amid ongoing global restrictions, this figure has plummeted.

As a result, hoteliers in the region say there is an “immense void” that has been created by the lack of British visitors.

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The Mallorca Hotel Federation (FEHM) are insisting the destination is safe and all coronavirus rules will be followed to keep it that way.

Around 524 hotels associated with FEHM are now open, almost three times more than just two months ago.

Although the arrival of British tourists is “the great unknown” this season, tourism from other parts of Europe is beginning to pick up as nation’s ease their own restrictions.

Currently, the Balearics are having to rely on tourism from the mainland of Spain, as well as the Netherlands and Denmark.

The region is also looking to its main German market, which usually makes up 40 percent of its tourism.

The British market is the second most important for the islands, following German tourists and until Britons are allowed to travel without going into quarantine on their return, the rest of the hotels say they won’t open.

Hoteliers hope the implementation of the COVID passport on July 1 will boost the recovery of the tourism industry.

María José Aguiló stressed: “It is necessary to continue complying with the rules to avoid reversing the positive situation. We cannot afford it.”

Hotel leaders say they want Majorca to be regarded as a “reference destination” for Covid safety.

As of June 21, 25.5 percent of those in the Balearic Islands are fully vaccinated.

Over the previous seven days cumulative, there have been 19 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 of the population.

By comparison, as of June 15, in the UK this figure sits at 85.1.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

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Visit the UK's most spectacular isle-based hotels

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From here, the loch and the Cuillin Mountains sit before you. Behind the doors of this majestic property you’ll find contemporary, yet hugely relaxing surroundings with subtle colour palettes, wooden floors and wood burning stoves. It has 34 superb rooms with thick carpets to sink your feet into, Nespresso machines, Highland Soap smellies and Bose sound systems. Beds are dressed luxuriously with 300 thread count, 100% linen. Dining is exceptional at the Chargrill restaurant. As the name suggests, its speciality is steak and seafood. Nearby the Aros Centre charts Skye’s history and the pretty harbour is a hive of activity with fishing trawlers landing their catch and pleasure boats picking up visitors.

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Isle of Skye boasts beautiful views from its characterful hotels (Image: Getty)

BURGH ISLAND

Feel the ghosts of sleuths past at this magnificent hotel. Burgh Island just off the coast of Devon is an Art Deco masterpiece. Shaped like a giant white ship, it sits proudly on its own little tidal island reached by sea-tractor at low tide. Since 1929, Burgh Island has been welcoming famous and infamous guests who relive the glory days of the glamorous 1930s. 25 rooms are a nod to some of its favourite guests such as Agatha Christie and Noel Coward.

Art Deco features remain – from the old Bakelite phones to lovely wall lamps; curved bedheads and club chairs. In the bar, is a collection of vintage cocktail shakers.

Best of all, Black Tie and Evening Dress are required for dining in the Grand Ballroom where you’ll dine on superb food. More relaxed alternatives include The Nettlefold for fabulous seafood and views and cocktails and cream teas in The Palm Court, crowned by a glass dome roof. By night it becomes a 1930s cocktail bar which has hosted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Wallis Simpson (not together!).

There are fishing trips, island walks and a natural seawater bathing pool.

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Burgh Island hotel is an Art Deco masterpiece (Image: Victoria Gibbs)

ISLE OF WIGHT

Long-term favourite the Isle of Wight ticks all the boxes for a classic seaside holiday. Base yourself in Yarmouth at The George Hotel and Beach Club – a grand Victorian pile right on the waterfront.

This lovely re-purposed 17th century townhouse has gorgeous individual rooms with fabulous portraits, thick printed curtains and massive beds.

The grand entrance hall has a sweeping wooden staircase. Food is served in the brasserie which sits in the conservatory. Gaze out over the Solent as you dine on fabulous locally sourced dishes such as fish pie and rib-eye steak.

The chalky Needles are nearby, as is the Newtown Nature Reserve.

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The Isle of Wight ticks all the boxes of a classic seaside holiday (Image: Mirror)

JERSEY

Jersey may feel like it belongs in another era, yet that’s what makes the Channel Island so enchanting. The minute you arrive, an overwhelming sense of calm descends. Particularly at Longueville Manor, St Helier, a superbly restored Jersey manor house which has been in operation since 1949.

Each of the 30 individually-decorated rooms overlook the grounds. Longueville has an incredible wine cellar with 5,000 bottles in temperature and humidity controlled rooms.

A relaxing lounge with massive fireplace and oversized sofas is the place for pre-dinner cocktails, or if the weather’s fine, kick off the evening around the outdoor pool. Dinner is a culinary journey and showcases Jersey’s finest produce under the guidance of Andrew Baird.

It is served in the atmospheric 15th century Oak Room with its historic oak panelling, or the adjoining Garden Room. Of course, let’s not forget Jersey’s incredible beaches, imposing castles and fascinating war tunnels.

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Relax in the opulent grounds of Longueville Manor (Image: Mirror)

ISLES OF SCILLY

These dramatic rugged islands are for those who want to convene with nature. The 25-room Hell Bay Hotel sits in a little secluded bay facing the Atlantic Ocean on Bryher island’s western edge. Rooms have their own balconies and feature nautical and summer tones such as sherbet lemon and pale blue, with big windows overlooking the ocean.

The relaxed beach house vibe extends to the communal areas, where rattan furniture and colourful, locally-produced artworks are nice touches.

The restaurant has three AA Rosettes and there’s also the more relaxed Crab Shack.

Be pampered in the Treatment Shed, stretch out in the yoga studio or dive into the heated pool. Outside, there are rocky coves galore, empty sandy beaches and granite hills. Pick up local produce from tiny stalls dotted along the tracks.

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Hell Bay faces the wild Atlantic Ocean (Image: Mirror)

EILEAN SHONA

If total seclusion is what you crave, you can’t beat Eilean Shona which sits in tidal Loch Moidart. The whole island is part-owned by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa Branson.

The main house is a grand Scottish manor where nine individually furnished bedrooms sleep up to 12.

The drawing room comes complete with grand piano and is adorned with works from international artists. Outside, exploring can be done by rib boat, kayak or on foot. Your in-house chef is exceptional and meals are served at a massive table which seats up to 20.

Five nights house rental from £1,700pp, all inclusive.

Alternatively, book into one of the nine cottages. Kitchens are well-equipped and outside there’s a fire pit. You reach Eilean Shona by ferry and are escorted to your cottage while your luggage comes separately.

  • From £950 per week, sleeps two.

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Hotel secrets: How luxury hotels make sure guests are not disturbed by air

The Corinthia, next to Trafalgar Square in London, is one of the most expensive hotels in the UK. They take care of every single detail and make sure their guests’ stay is as comfortable as possible, but how do they assure they will have a good night sleep?

Falconer Phillip Huzzey explained: “I clean all the pigeons and all the seagulls off the building.

“Customers pay good money for their rooms and they don’t want the cooing sound of the pigeons in the morning.

“They don’t want the seagulls making a sound either,” explained the professional falconer.

The Corinthia not only wants to avoid the annoying cooing that might disturb their guests’ sleep in the morning but the very unpleasant situation birds can cause.

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“When they walk out of the hotel they don’t want defecation on them.

“Some people say is luck, I say that is quite unlucky,” said the falconer.

Pigeons are probably people’s least favourite bird, and their cooing the most annoying sound.

The hotel has Phillip, a professional falconer, that heads to the roof of the building every morning to clean the air.

He always brings a falcon with him and after inspecting the sky, the falcon flies above the building to chase any flying creature.

Falcons are known to strike immediate fear into pigeons when airborne.

They are capable of covering large areas in a single session and are extremely effective at clearing large sites.

When the pair have got rid of all the unwanted birds, they head down and give the thumbs up to the manager.

Everything is now ready to welcome the VIP guests.

The hotel also revealed to have multiple entrances and to choose the right one for the right guest.

Many celebrities and European royals stay in the Corinthia, and they usually like to go incognito.

After the air cleaning, their stay will for sure be a safe one and their sleep won’t be disturbed by a sound, not even by chirping birds.

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Britain's Most Luxurious Hotels: Langham's afternoon tea based on a 23p biscuit

The iconic five star hotel in central London has reopened for the first time since lockdown. In the show, the managing director showed the £25,000 suite and revealed the secret ingredient for their new afternoon tea: a 25p custard biscuit.
All the staff gets ready to go back to work at the Langham, after more than six months being closed.

The hotel is seeking to impress the exclusive guests that get to stay in the expensive property, trying to innovate things a bit.

That includes the kitchen, where chef Andrew Gravett has decided to give the afternoon tea a twist.

The Langham was the birthplace of afternoon tea, being the first hotel to serve it back in 1865.

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Chef Andrew Gravett explained he wanted to innovate the classic afternoon tea and tried a new concept, adding afternoon tea biscuits.

“The classic British biscuit, the custard cream, is my favourite childhood snack,” he explained.

He said that he took the concept of the custard cream biscuit, which can be found in any supermarket for 23p the pack, and make it 5 stars.

“It will cost more than 23p here,” he admitted.

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“I guess the idea of a biscuit that we can buy a pack for 50p in the shop, putting them in a 5 star afternoon tea… Maybe the concept is a bit crazy.”

When showing his new invention to chef Michael Roux junior, who had to try and approve the idea before being released, he explained: “The afternoon tea will have chocolate digestive, iced gem, figure roll and custard cream biscuits, which is my favourite biscuit.

“You can buy a packet for 23p, and you can eat them in less than half an hour if you’re in the mood. I’ve never done it but I could!

“We’ve poshed up the custard cream, though. It will be more expensive than 23p.”

On their first day, TV presenter Gloria Hunniford attended the reopening of the Palm Court to try the brand new afternoon tea with some friends.

All the staff, and especially Andrew Gravett in the kitchen, were anxious about what her reaction could be.

“There can’t be any mistakes. It’s very important, it’s the first day, we don’t want anything to go wrong,” he kept saying frenetically.

Gloria Hunniford though, seemed to be enjoying herself in the middle of the bustle. “I’m a good guinea pig, I promise,” said jokingly to the waiter. “Yum! That is nice. You can’t beat a custard cream!” said after trying the biscuit.

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Spain holidays: Mallorca to open all hotels despite travel list uncertainty

Over 95 percent of hotels in Palma de Mallorca will be open by end of June, according to the city’s hotel association. Forty-five hotels are currently operating and it has reported that 67 more will be reopening by the end of the month.
Despite being Spain on the amber list, the Balearic Islands have seen thousands of Britons arriving this last week.

The green travel list review will take place on June 3, and Spain hopes to be included this time.

The Canary and the Balearics Islands have asked the Government to be treated separately and to be added to the green list even if mainland Spain doesn’t make it.

Although the Government is considering all the options, according to reports, some of Britain’s favourite island holiday destinations, including Ibiza and Mallorca, could stay on the amber list.

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That is because there are concerns regarding the UK Border controls as the influx of holidaymakers increases.

A source explained to the Times: “The Balearics are hugely popular and the Government is worried about opening up too quickly.

“Opening up to the Balearics would mean a huge increase in Brits leaving the UK.

“There are fears that opening up to hugely popular destinations like the Balearics would overwhelm Border Force while the 100 percent passenger location form checks remain in place.”

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Just a few days ago, controversial images were seen at Palma Airport with agglomerations of passengers waiting for passport control.

There were big crowds of people without any safety distance, in an airport that clearly lacked personnel.

Mallorca airport assured that it was a specific moment due to the arrival of different international flights at the same time and that the agglomeration disappeared in a matter of 15 minutes.

However, many worry that the situation could become unsustainable once the real tourism boom begins.

Mallorca remains positive about the UK Government’s plans and has decided to reopen almost all the hotels in the island.

Palma’s tourist board said the city’s restaurants, galleries and other attractions will also be open and “ready to welcome UK travellers again”.

Business owners in Mallorca are anxiously waiting to see what happens next week and whether the Balearic Islands are finally included on the green list so Britons can avoid quarantine when they come back.

The situation in other holiday spots around Spain is very different.

In Benidorm, for example, only 30 percent of the hotels have reopened, and the city is struggling due to the lack of tourism despite being one of the regions in Spain with fewer Covid cases.

The country opened its borders to Britons last week and tourists don’t need to provide a Covid-19 test when entering anymore.

However, it is still on the amber list, and many holidaymakers can’t afford to quarantine for 10 days on their return to the Uk.

An expat living in Benidorm explained that the city has been severely hit by the pandemic due to the lack of tourism and that despite being Spanish borders opened again for Britons, the beaches are still empty.

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York hotel ranked as one of the top 20 'Hottest New Hotels in the World'

A brand new York aparthotel has been ranked as one of the top 20 “hottest new hotels in the world”. As part of Tripadvisors 2021 Traveller’s Choice awards, holidaymakers weighed in to share their favourite travel haunts.
Many of the rooms also boast stunning views across the River Ouse and Rowntree Park from either private balconies or floor-to-ceiling windows.

The aim of the hotel is to offer a luxurious “home away from home experience” by combining all of the most loved assets of a hotel alongside a stylish serviced apartment.

Each apartment room is kitted out with its own kitchen and living space, as well as king-size beds, bathrooms complete with rainfall showers and heated floors.

Help is always on hand thanks to a 24-7 reception team, daily housekeeping and even a complimentary “Grab and Go” breakfast service alongside all day tea and coffee.

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Robert Alley, chief operating officer at Roomzzz Aparthotels explained: “York is a fantastic destination and we are proud to be included in a list of glamorous full-service hotels and resorts.

“We place great emphasis on exceptional customer experience, from a warm welcome and a great apartment to a place that feels like home.

“The team has done an amazing job during challenging times to make our customers feel truly special.”

Ashley Young, senior marketing and communications manager at Visit York, added: “The awards celebrate some of the best hotels across the world and we are delighted that Roomzzz York City has made it on to this prestigious list.”

The opulent new hotel was commended for its “great views, wonderful staff, delicious breakfast and comfortable rooms.”

It was followed by Armenaki Santorini in Santorini, Anttunina Pousada Spa in Maragogi, Brazil, Peridot Grand Hotel and Spa by AIRA in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Hotel Bidaia in San Sebastian, Spain.

The top 20 “Hottest New Hotels in the World” list is as follows:

1. Arinna Cappadocia in Goreme, Turkey

2. Armenaki Santorini, Santorini, Cyclades

3. Anttunina Pousada Spa, Maragogi, Brazil

4. Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA, Hanoi, Vietnam

5. Hotel Bidaia, San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain

6. Oludeniz Blu Luxury Unique Hotel, Oludeniz, Turkey

7. Emeline, Charleston, South Carolina

8. Mandarin Eastville Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand

9. Ace Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

10. The Rockaway Hotel, Rockaway Park, New York

11. The Old Foundry Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

12. Grand Cosmopolitan Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

13. The Manor Hotel by JA, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

14. Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable, Auckland Central, New Zealand

15. Adiwana Bisma, Ubud, Indonesia

16. Roomzzz York City, York, United Kingdom

17. Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester, United Kingdom

18. Ulaman Eco Retreat, Tabanan, Indonesia

19. The Darling Hotel, Visalia, California

20. Rise Uptown, Phoenix, Arizona

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Get 25 percent off hundreds of UK hotels with huge flash sale – prices from £44 up

From today onwards, hotels in the UK can open and overnight stays are allowed. IHG Hotels & Resorts has launched a massive sale on hundreds of hotels with major deals on hotel rooms.
With prices slashed by 25 percent off, IHG Hotels & Resorts is offering hundreds of hotel stays at bargain prices with a big flash sale.

Guest can choose from 290 hotels across the UK and Ireland including the Holiday Inn, InterContinental hotel, Regent hotel and more.

They can also book rooms with no deposit required and cancellations are free up until three days ahead of their stay.

Prices for hotel rooms start from £50 a night.

Ideal for a family holiday or trip with friends, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some much-needed relaxation.

Plus, the offer includes extended late check-out at select hotels.

Running now until Sunday 23 May 2021, hurry to get this deal.

With availability during the summer, find hotels and book your stay here.

This offer is available on bookings from 20 May to 17 December 2021, giving holidaymakers plenty of dates to pick from. 

Please note that rates are per room, per night and subject to availability during offer dates.

T&Cs apply, please read here.

Here are some hotels to book from (based on example stay dates 7 June – 10 June 2021):

Under £50: Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay

Was £67 per night, now £44.25 per night. Book here.

Under £50: Holiday Inn Express London – Earl’s Court

Was £67 per night, now £44.25 per night. Book here

Under £100: Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

Was £119 per night, now £89.25 per night. Book here.

Under £100: StayBridge Suites Dundee

Was £119 per night, now £89.25. Book here.

Under £150: Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace

Was £155 per night, now £116.25 per night. Book here

Under £150: Crown Plaza London – The City

Was £159 per night, now £119.25 per night. Book here.

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When can hotels reopen in Scotland?

Over recent weeks, several lockdown restrictions have been eased in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that some travel restrictions will be eased from Friday and the “stay local” message will finally end. More people will also be able to meet up outdoors, with the limit increasing to six adults.

Although lockdown measures are finally starting to ease in Scotland, Ms Sturgeon has faced criticism from her political opponents over the speed lockdown measures are being eased.

Some have argued the lockdown measures should be eased faster in Scotland as Covid cases have dropped, to help support businesses as well as people’s wellbeing.

Daily testing figures for Thursday show there were 237 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Scotland and one death.

Data published on April 14 shows COVID-19 cases in Scotland have decreased in the last three weeks.

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However, whether hotels are permitted to reopen on this date will be dependent on the data.

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested April 26 could be the date travel rules between Scotland and the rest of the UK could be eased.

If this is the case, domestic holidays around the UK could once again be a possibility.

This date could also see indoor hospitality businesses reopen for up to four people from two different households to visit.

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Spain holidays: Devastation for hotels as ‘unthinkable’ Easter sparks concern for summer

Spanish[1] hotelier association Hosbec has reported an “unthinkable” Easter season after capacity at hotels plummeted over the usually busy period. In the Costa Blanca, of the 30 percent of hotels that opened their doors, just 67 percent of rooms were occupied.
Though the figures were higher than the year previous, when the initial State of Alarm was imposed in the early days of the pandemic, hoteliers are now calling on the Spanish government for a fresh support package.

A Hosbec spokesperson said: “These figures would have been unthinkable a few months ago and especially for this time of the year.

“Restrictions including the border closure is continuing to have a serious impact on all tourist-related activities.”

The regional hotel sector has since demanded a €300million support package from the Valencian government.

READ MORE: Expert predicts countries opening to UK tourists ‘before end of May’[2]

A quarter of visitors came from outside of Spain.

Further north, in Benidorm, only 14 hotels opened their doors for the long weekend.

The 14 hotels represented just 12 percent of Benidorm’s total and virtually all of the rooms, at 96 percent, were occupied by national travellers from the Valencia community due to the perimeter closures.

A spokesperson for the hotel association, Hosbec said they had previously challenged the decision to maintain perimeter closures for Easter and claimed it was “an example of the failure of the management of the virus after 12 months of the pandemic.”

They added: “Mobility linked to tourism is not a risk factor and it is essential to plan the reactivation of the sector with effective control systems.”

Hosbec president, Toni Mayor said: “At the moment, the hotel and tourist accommodation industry is one of the few areas of activity that is almost completely paralysed by the effects of COVID-19.

“While other sectors have been able to open their doors and start working, even partially, 40 percent of the hotel plant has been closed tightly for 12 months, although the losses began to be generated much earlier with the multiple cancellations of reservations, events etc that were happening since January 2020, before the state of alarm.

“The time for action has come because if we do not do so, the consequences will be irreparable.

“Furthermore, the outlook is not very favourable for the next few weeks and even months, with vaccination at a frustratingly slow pace and with a threat fourth wave of infections that will have little to do with tourist activity but will condemn us to keep companies closed.”

At the time of writing, Britons are not able to visit Spain for a holiday.

Though May 17 is still on the table for international travel to resume at some capacity, it is not yet clear whether or not Spain will be on the “green” list of destinations Britons are allowed to visit.

On the topic of reopening overseas travel, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters: “A lot of the destinations that we want to go to at the moment are suffering a new wave of the illness, of COVID, as we know. We can’t do it immediately.

“But that doesn’t mean that we’ve given up on May 17.”

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

References

  1. ^ Spanish (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ Expert predicts countries opening to UK tourists ‘before end of May’ (www.express.co.uk)