Quarantine from London to Spain shakes the British tourism sector


The Cornwall islands instead of the Balearic Islands, the cool of the Atlantic instead of the heat of the Mediterranean. Like many British families, the Lunts changed their summer plans at the risk of being forced to quarantine, deciding to vacation in the UK, a decision that proved prudent after the British government established a quarantine for all travelers from from Spain.Instead of spending two weeks in Mallorca, the Lunts, originating from Bath (southwest), will go to Rock, a luxurious seaside resort in the southwest of England, known as “Chelsea-sur-mer”, referring to the affluent neighborhood from London. “We were afraid that our temperature would be taken at the airport and that we would have to potentially undergo two weeks of quarantine,” Rosie Lunt, mother of a boy and two girls aged 5 to 9, told AFP. Quarantined travelers from Spain on July 26 after an increase in the outbreak of coronavirus cases in Spanish territory, but with its sudden announcement it left thousands of tourists in limbo. The Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, criticized the decision of the United Kingdom, but his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, stood firm with this “fast and decisive” measure. In addition to accentuating diplomatic tensions, the decision revealed the fragility of the industry tourism, which in Spain foresees losses of 9,000 million euros (10,660 million dollars) in August and September, according to employers Exceltur.- “Great financial repercussions” -But its impact will also be noticed in the British tourism industry, whose Operators organize the holidays of millions of Britons who are going to sunbathe on the Costa Brava or enjoy nightlife in Ibiza. ABTA, the British industry association, warned of “the great financial repercussions” of this measure in a sector that the Last year it already suffered the closure of Thomas Cook. Spain was in 2019 the preferred destination of the British, with a total of 19 million tourists, ahead of France and the United States Following the quarantine announcement, TUI, the leading British operator, canceled most of its flights to Spain until the beginning of August and announced on Thursday the closure of 166 agencies in the United Kingdom and Ireland, airlines and airports, which were already passing through. In a difficult situation, they also expressed disappointment at Johnson’s decision and called for those arriving at the airport to be tested instead of systematic quarantines. “The UK’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine overnight It sows great uncertainty among vacationers who planned to move to the country in August, “Alexis Frick, a researcher at Euromonitor, told AFP. Frick recalls that the British accounted for a quarter of foreign tourists in the last 15 years in Spanish territory. In addition to Spain, other countries could be affected by the quarantine imposed by London, which is closely following the evolution of the pandemic in Croatia and Belgium. ca.dmh / spe / gmo / avz / eb / pc The country reached 416,179 accumulated confirmed cases, of which 50,079 are active patients, 46,000 deaths have been registered and 272,910 patients have recovered The country reached 416,179 accumulated confirmed cases, of which 50,079 are active patients, 46,000 deaths have been recorded and 272,910 patients have recovered The country reached 416,179 accumulated confirmed cases, of which 50,079 are active patients, 46,000 deaths have been recorded and 272,910 patients have recovered The country reached 416,179 accumulated confirmed cases, of of which 50,079 are active patients, 46,000 deaths have been recorded and 272,910 patients have recovered MORE NEWS