Exceltur’s executive vice president, Jose Luis Zorrida, warned Wednesday of the “sudden slowdown” recorded by foreign tourist bookings for the summer campaign after the international fallout from an increased outbreak and infection rate in Spain.
Zureda confirmed that the green shoots contemplated a few weeks earlier went into a worse state due to the alarm for health reasons.
For example, according to Zureda, “there is not much euphoria in the arrival of British tourists” despite the recent announcement from London, which will allow all vaccinated to travel without quarantine from July 19.
Indeed, Zurda insisted that “reservations have slowed by 15% or 20% in recent weeks,” a circumstance that would contribute to a possible discrepancy in the estimates, which is that “tourist activity may be down one point in relation to where we are in April.” “.
“We have to understand that from now on we will definitely have to live with COVID for a long time,” says Zorda, who, in any case, asked not to underestimate the risk of infection and called for such events as “field trips and unsupervised pitchers to be avoided.”
According to Exceltur’s forecast, holiday destinations of national demand in Green Spain and inland destinations will be the champions of tourist revitalization. Given the slowdown in the summer campaign, Exceltur is confident that the fourth quarter will behave “better than expected”, among other reasons due to vaccination levels.
As a result, they consider that 2021 could close with 81.900 million euros in tourism activity compared to 53,000 million the previous year, figures still far from 154,000 million in 2019.