Ibiza is known for its vibrant night life, cheap bars and summer fun. But this year, the island largely resembled a ghost town due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ibiza’s tourism director Juan Miguel Costa told CNN that the region had a bad summer due to COVID-19.
He said: “There’s no tourism at all, now, on our island.
“Just a few people coming just for a few days.”
“We had a very bad summer. And the thing is that we will have a very, very bad winter.”
The Balearic Islands were popular with British and German tourists, but this year, with changing travel restrictions, keen travellers were mostly unable to visit in the spring and late summer.
Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, was on the UK’s travel corridor list until the end of July.
However, the country was removed due to a spike on COVID-19 cases in Spain on July 26.
Anyone returning from Spain and its surrounding islands to the UK now faces 14 days in quarantine.
Rosana Morillo, general director of tourism for the Balearic Islands told CNN Travel that the coronavirus situation is being used to assess how the destination’s reputation could change.
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Affordable package deals, cheap alcohol and party holidays may not be on the cards for much longer.
Ms Morillo explained that the island’s reputation for “alcohol” and “cheap holidays” could change in the future.
“[The tourist sector] have understood that this is not the future we want and that this current situation is an opportunity for us to change our model, for the hotels to change the offers they make based on these, let’s say, alcohol consumption and cheap holidays,” she said.
Now local businesses who have been used to catering for partygoers and hedonism could soon have to reconsider a different future.
Spain’s coronavirus cases have spiked in recent weeks.
The country managed to gets its case rate under control in June and July before cases began to creep up.
Currently, the country has recorded almost 600,000 cases of coronavirus and just under 30,000 deaths.
Today, the country recorded over 12,000 daily coronavirus cases with infections topping 300,000 globally in one day.
The country’s cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period are 143.5.
This is above the USA and France which are also recording spikes in the virus.
Spain has said that its nightlife could be the cause of the new infections.
They have since layered a new campaign called #EstoNoEsUnJuego (#ThisIsNotAGame) to encourage young people to social distance.
However, there has not been a rise in fatalities which experts have suggested could be because the virus is spreading among young people who are less likely to encounter health complications.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is currently advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, “based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country”.
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