Hotel chains prepare to reopen some units in the Canaries
Many hotel chains are preparing to reopen some of their hotels in the Islands, aware that initially they will be catering for internal Spanish tourism from other islands, then the mainland, before international borders open to tourists from countries that are 'allowed' to come.
The NH chain returned to business on Monday with the opening of a hotel in Madrid, and on Friday it will be the turn of the NH Imperial Playa in Las Palmas. By June, they plan to have 200 hotels open worldwide, which is half of what they have.
Companies are ready to return to business and start to reopen their establishments in the archipelago.
Some already have a specific date, such as the Bahia group who have four hotels in Tenerife, and Iberostar opening in the second half of June, but others like RIU insist they will wait for "greater clarity" from the Government to specify what day interprovincial mobility will begin, and when international flights will begin to arrive in volume.
A spokesperson for hotel giant RIU, who have 17 hotels on the islands, confirmed they are waiting for the dates of the first flights to be defined and reservations to be made to make decisions.
Right now it is possible to make reservations on their website for the last weekend of June (26th-28th) in 14 of their 17 hotels, but at the moment none are confirmed: "We are ready and wanting to resume activity, reopening hotels progressively, but we need clarity and official confirmation of the opening of intra-European flights, and of the movement within Spain," they said.
As they point out, searches and traffic on their website has grown in recent days (on Monday there were establishments with up to 40 reservations made in 24 hours, such as the Riu Gran Canaria, in Maspalomas), but the bookings did not materialize. "The client also needs certainties and clarity to complete their reservations," they pointed out.
Once these reservations are finalized, Riu will decide which hotels to open and in which order.
The Canarian chain Lopesan, also demands that clarity from the Government of Spain, to work on their opening schedule.
The commercial director of Lopesan, José Alba, points out that the intention of the group is to "open as soon as possible", once the national and international flights are confirmed, even though on their website it is possible to book from July 10th.
Iberostar, with 12 hotels in the Canary Islands including the Heritage Grand Mencey in Santa Cruz, are planning eight openings on the islands in the second half of June.
The emblematic Mencey is scheduled to resume its activity in July, while there are three (two in Lanzarote and one in Costa Adeje, in Tenerife) that have no date.
The Barceló group is also ready to resume activity, according to sources close to them, the opening of the Santa Catalina and the Occidental is planned in the capital of Gran Canaria on Monday June 8th, as well as the Contemporary in Santa Cruz.
On July 1st they will continue with other openings such as the Barceló Santiago, in the south of Tenerife and the Royal Hideaway Corales Suites.
However, many groups are waiting for the Spanish Government to pass a modification to the ERTE before deciding what date to open.
The hospitality sector, along with companies from other sectors, have requested that the openings can be made by place of work, so that if a hotel is opened but another is still closed, the workers of the second continue in ERTE by force majeure, and not under 'partial ERTE' as the latter heavily penalizes the employer.
Sources indicate that this situation is delaying the return to activity of many companies, and hope that there will be news on this situation this week.
At this moment in time, Meliá, with 18 establishments, GF Hoteles, and AC Hotels, have not yet specified their opening dates.