The vague commitment started yesterday by the president of the Government, Francina Armengol, before the head of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, for the Balearic Islands to release the health passport as a tourist destination arrives late and is so full of questions that it seems a mere advertisement to justify a trip with no practical results. The sad reality is that the government of Greece has overtaken the third largest tourist power in the world and has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom to implement the health passport and, with it, divert tourists from Ibiza and Formentera and the rest of the Balearic Islands . The Government’s declaration is a first step which, in any case, is welcome.
May is very late.
Coinciding with a new edition of Fitur, the Spanish tourist fair, scheduled for next May, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will announce a measure of which the details are currently unknown and that, therefore, does not have ability to launch the tourism sector. The Boris Johnson government is carrying out a massive vaccination campaign that will be completed before the summer, which represents an opportunity for Ibiza, since it is our main market. It is essential that vaccinated British tourists who decide to enjoy their immunity in Ibiza find a safe destination, that is, with a low incidence of infections and with all the facilities to enter and return to their country without the need to go through quarantine.
This is not the time for advertisements, you have to work.
The Balearic Islands benefited last year from the pilot plan of the safe corridor between Germany and Mallorca organized by TUI, although the effect really only lasted a week. News such as the agreement between Greece and the United Kingdom remove the effect of being the first, so the objective is not to be the first community to announce it, but to make it a reality as soon as possible and to generate certainty in the markets. More real work is needed and there are plenty of ads for domestic consumption.