If everything goes well, according to the Spanish tourism association, tourism revenue in Spain should reach 65% of levels seen in 2019
Despite an increase in Coronavirus cases on Spanish territory, which has prompted many countries to advise against travel to Spain, the tourism industry is expected to generate 65 percent of pre-pandemic revenues this summer, according to the Exceltur tourism association.
Exceltur predicted that revenues, including domestic travel, would recover and be only 35% lower than pre-pandemic levels in 2019. The situation is currently chaotic, but tourists have returned to the country. It’s fantastic news, especially for many small businesses that have already written off this season.
Prior to the pandemic, Spain was the second most popular destination on the European continent, with the travel and tourism revenue in Spain accounting for approximately 12% of the country’s economy. Therefore, everybody expected that by lifting of the restrictions and the State of the Alarm, on 9th of May, things will go back to normal.
But, that was short lived, thanks to the new strain of the Virus. As the COVID Delta variant spreads rapidly and primarily affects young unvaccinated citizens, Barcelona and the northeastern parts of Spain are already closing down once more to prevent the variant’s spread. If this situation is not put under the control soon, it still might prevent tourism revenue in Spain to reach levels predicted by Exceltur.
Catalonia is one of the most severely affected areas by the Coronavirus, with more than 1,000 COVID-19 infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants identified only during the second week of July.
Concerned about the COVID-19 situation on Spanish territory, several EU countries decided to impose strict restrictions on Spanish arrivals.
Similarly, Germany imposed strict entry rules, announcing that all persons entering the country following a stay in Spain must present proof of vaccination, proof of recent virus recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Furthermore, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, advised people not to travel to Spain.
In contrast, Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto stated that despite the strict measures imposed in various regions of the country, Spain remains a safe tourist destination.