The Canaries want a cruise season around the islands with EU tourists

2020/08/10 20:20:56 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

The Canary Islands Government plans to start a new cruise season during the autumn, exclusively for a trip around the islands and only with European tourists, which could attract some 400,000 passengers, compared to a one and a half million in a normal season.

It is about "opening a very important economic activity for the Canary Islands, but opening must have all the sanitary requirements", said the regional councillor for Transport, Sebastián Franquis, today, after a meeting in the capital of Gran Canaria with the presidents of the port authorities of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The meeting was held, after a request from several cruise companies in the Canary Islands, who presented the idea for ​​reopening based around the islands, explained Franquis.

These companies "want to use the Canary Islands as a benchmark for all of Europe, and are going to expand all control measures, increase the number of doctors and nurses, and carry out a prior analysis of the passengers to determine whether or not they present a risk", said the President of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Luis Ibarra.

"If they are people at risk, they will not be allowed to come," he added, also saying that, if the opening of the season is approved, the cruise ships "would operate at 60% capacity."

Protection measures include the inspection of the ships before they can start operating and monitoring in each of the ports, while the mandatory PCR test has yet to be defined by the technical commission.