Manuel Butler, head of the Spanish tourist office in London, said the number of tourists from the UK is expected to return to pre-Brexit levels this summer. He said: “This first post-Brexit summer, we should welcome British tourists with open arms.”
Although Brexit rules came into effect last summer, many Britons have not traveled abroad due to Covid Restrictions.
Butler said he knew the British would face delays at passport control at the airport this summer. The British must now stamp their passports to enter and leave Spain and can no longer use the same routes used by EU tourists.
Portugal recently decided to allow British tourists fast entry into the country using electronic gates. Butler said he didn’t see anything positive in Portugal’s move and didn’t know Spain would do the same.
He said: “The outcome could be neutral or negative, we have to see.” Tourists traveling to Portugal still need to stamp their passports on entry and exit, so it is assumed that only part of the visit process will be streamlined.
Butler said he felt British tourists were now more concerned about sustainability than in previous years.
And, Butler is in no way concerned about other destinations. slash their pricesin fact, he was keen to point out that due to rising fuel and operating costs, flights to countries like Turkey and Greece will be more expensive than Spain and Balearics.
“There are huge pent-up demand in the UK and millions of people desperately seek to escape, to travel.
“It’s too early to talk about numbers, but flight ability between the UK and the Balearic Islands is only 3% lower than in 2019 and I see a robust recovery in the UK Balearic market, so much so that it could prove even been stronger than 2019.
“And, Majorca will sell because of what Mallorca stands for and stands for in the market.
“It’s a proven method quality and safe destination.
“There are countries in the Eastern Mediterranean that still have Covid restrictions in place and the health situation is not as safe and people will take that into account when booking.
“The war has not dampened the desire to travel from the UK and Majorca is proving as attractive, if not more, than ever and I can see a very strong summer of 2022 coming,” Butler told the Newsletter last month in Palma.