TUI doesn't rule out summer tourists to Canary Islands

2020/05/15 00:36:38 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

TUI believes that the Canary Islands will do everything possible to reopen tourism, and that "Travel prices will fall, rather than rise," says a manager for Europe's biggest tour operator.

The tourist group TUI is convinced that this summer there will be holidays, and believes that both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will do everything possible to reopen their airports and hotels gradually.

Europe's biggest tour operator values ​​both Spain's progress in the fight against the pandemic and the actions of the authorities, especially the regional authorities, to promote tourism.

"Especially in the last few weeks, Spain has made very great progress in fighting the infection, and the situation is stabilizing more and more," said the head of TUI in Germany, Marek Andryszak, in an interview with the media group RTL.

Talking about the Balearic Islands he says: "I do not start from the assumption that vacations in Mallorca have been ruled out, quite the contrary, and in the Canarian Archipelago, Fuerteventura is one of the preferred destinations of the German market."

In addition, the TUI executive alluded to the "great regional differences", for example, between Madrid and the Islands, while he was convinced that the Spanish Government and in particular the regional authorities in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, will do their utmost to ensure that airports and hotels gradually open.

On the other hand, he pointed out that holidays, instead of being more expensive, will tend to become cheaper, since currently many of the infrastructures are empty and if there are still fixed costs, "at least attempts will be made to cover variable costs."

"Travel prices will rather fall, rather than rise," he said. Added to this is that customers can cancel their reservation at no additional cost up to 14 days before their trip and recover what was paid, he said.

In the same vein, the German Tourism Minister, Thomas Bareiss, expressed last week, not ruling out that Germans can spend their holidays in the Balearic Islands or Greek islands if the evolution of the pandemic allows it.

"If there are hardly any new infections and the medical system works, you could also consider a summer vacation there," he said.

The German government announced on Wednesday that it will begin to lift border controls from this Friday, with the aim that, if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, its gradual disappearance within the European Schengen area of ​​free movement be achieved from 15th June.

Spain announced this week that it will apply a 14-day quarantine from Friday to travellers arriving from other countries.