PEREZ: ‘We are expecting a positive announcement from the UK in a matter of days’
After the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, Turismo de Tenerife expects it to be “a matter of days" before the UK Government announces a lifting of restrictions for travel to the Canary Islands. Whilst at Fitur, its CEO, David Pérez, assured that "except for Jet2 Holidays, which has announced that it plans to start operations on June 24th, the rest of the British Tour Operators and airlines have recently scheduled a certain amount of flights, from May 20th onwards."
He also explained that the Archipelago is one of the Spanish destinations with the most future bookings over the last few weeks, saying "forecasts are moderately optimistic since the reactivation of tourism could happen this summer.”
It is a recovery that tour operators are already preparing for and promoting, but they want to delay the strongest summer promotions "until the middle of June" when they will know more about the whole situation in Europe. Perez prefers to be cautious about the volume of tourism in Summer as other competing destinations such as Turkey, Tunisia or Egypt are publicising very cheap prices.
Pérez prefers to look at September onwards and points out that "in winter, our high season, we don't expect to have much competition, and many people won’t have visited Tenerife for two years. Repeat business is a strong point for all the islands and people like to go back to where they feel comfortable and have familiarity.”
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Regarding the tax that the central Government is planning for air transport, Perez said: "any increase in rates is always worrying" and that, while waiting to know in what position the Canary Islands will remain, the Cabildo will go hand in hand with the Regional Government to defend the interests of the Archipelago.