A holidaymaker shows inside an isolation accommodation in Spain
Regulations in the wildly popular vacation destination require travelers over the age of 12 to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This has led many Britons to cancel trips to the Iberian Peninsula and the islands and will cause huge losses for Spain’s already fragile tourism industry.
Expressing their frustration and suggesting Spain will pay the economic price for such a move, Express.co.uk readers shared their views.
Ellwood said: “Not so long ago many – in Spain – were calling on tourists to leave and go home.
“So maybe these people can now enjoy the fruits of their protests and benefit from less ‘tourist intrusion’ into their lives.”
RavenOn also spoke about the financial losses: “What a bonus!! The less trade, including holidays, that the UK does with EU countries, the better.
“Any sane person knows that EU countries hate the British – but they love our £££, don’t they!”
Britons have canceled a holiday in Spain due to Covid rules
Spain requires children over 12 to be fully vaccinated against Covid
Jennifer Garcia shared no love for the Spanish saying: ‘Sorry, no sympathy for them – the Brits have been punished more than enough for having the audacity to leave their ‘club’ and they have to take a some responsibility given the messages posted in many of their holiday destinations telling us to “go home”…”
Several commentators have suggested that the world has more destinations to choose from.
LocalVoter said: “The British have not forgotten how we were treated just to have a democratic vote…
“Our families for one won’t go to Europe, happy to go to Tunisia for a much better holiday.”
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Fewer tourists will hurt Spain’s dependent economy
Spanish businesses are heavily dependent on tourism
Adding to this Hogey said: ‘Let their empty resorts rot, they’ve had an awful attitude towards the UK for far too long and it’s time they learned a lesson in their pocket when you don’t respect the punters of your biggest market.
“It will be even worse when people realize how cheap and unpleasant Spain is compared to nicer countries like Cyprus, Portugal, Greece, etc.”
Adrian617 also urged people to consider alternatives, while reminding everyone how expats are treated.
He said: “Forget Spain, look at the way they treated expats there, it’s unforgivable.
“Go to Portugal, Greece or Malta, at least you will be welcomed there and you will feel at home there.”
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Many suggest taking advantage of UK destinations instead
Many have also spoken of the financial dependence of Spanish tourism on British tourists.
QuiteEasilyReilly said: ‘They can’t say they weren’t warned.
“Spain is heavily dependent on British tourists, but the bigoted government will sacrifice its own tourism industry to conform to Brussels’ spite campaign and the irrational overreaction of Cv19.”
Others emphasized the notion of seeing parts of Britain.
One commenter wrote: ‘We are booked for Jersey at the end of May and Scarborough in August.
LettieJP agreed, saying, “We need to stay home more in the summer to save our beach towns.”
TommyAtkins1815 also agreed: “I will be visiting Yorkshire this year, exploring my country.”
Manxiecat tried to kill two birds with one stone by saying, “Go to Sunny Gibraltar!
“It’s ‘overseas’ and more like the UK than the UK! They love us there.
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British spending in Spain has fallen by 80%
Closing the debate, Mac123 said he was fed up with the ongoing protocols surrounding the pandemic.
He said: “Many of my colleagues said they couldn’t be bothered with all the Covid restrictions and testing on return.
“Complete passenger locator forms. Booking these Covid tests with ‘approved’ companies only.
“Too much hassle for 2 weeks of ‘sun’.
“They either spent the money on their house, renovations, decorating, etc., or they saved the money for a vacation later this year or next.”
In 2020, British tourists to Spain spent just over three billion euros in total, representing an 80% drop.
In the previous three years, total spending by UK residents in the Iberian country exceeded 17 billion euros.