Green means go.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks you would of course have noticed the whole of the Balearics waiting patiently for the UK government to hand out the updated green list to travelers from the UK.
Last week British prime minister, Boris Johnson announced that as of the 30th June 2021, Mallorca would be put onto England’s green list of destinations that would not require quarantine for travelers upon returning to the country.
This news came as an enormous relief to the hundreds of businesses around the island of Mallorca who have struggled for more than a year since the island was put into lockdown on 13th March 2020.
When asked what the change in the restrictions meant for him, Chief strategy officer of Mon Hotels said this…
‘Since the Balearic Islands were added to the UK green list, there has been an avalanche of requests and reservations. The English are eager to travel and the Balearic Islands seem to be a destination that they like year after year. We have had an increase in reservations in the short and medium term with increases of up to 20% in occupancy. The months from July to September seem to be good too and we hope that we will be able to keep the Balearic Islands on the green list since tourism is the oxygen that these islands breathe… This has only motivated owners and workers, who are finally seeing a routine and a return to normality that we so much needed. 2021 will be a year of transition but we will surely learn a lot from it...’
For years the Balearic islands have been heavily dependent on tourism and this last year has seen many businesses close down due to the lack of tourists and visitors to the resorts.
The recovery of the island tourism sector will be a slow and testing one but there seems to be some sort of light at the end of the tunnel now for the businesses that so readily depend on tourism to keep the island afloat.