German tourists will not be able to travel to Spain this year on vacation. This has been warned by Thomas Bareiss, Commissioner of Tourism of the German Government, during an interview with the public chain ZDF.
Bareiss has warned that it is “more than unlikely that tourist trips to Spain, Greece or Turkey will resume quickly” by its citizens.
Likewise, the German commissioner pointed out that something similar will happen with business trip which will be almost impossible to carry out in the coming months due to the prohibitions and closings of borders and airports.
Thomas Bareiss’s words add to those of Hugh elliot, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Madrid, just a few days ago. Elliot pointed out that his compatriots “will return to Spain” to enjoy their leisure, but “not in the coming months.”
Several weeks ago, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, already advised against citizens to book their summer vacations.
“I recommend waiting before making plans. No one can now make reliable forecasts for July and August“said von der Leyen, from the Sunday edition of the popular daily Bild, the most widely read in Germany.
Strong economic blow to tourism
According to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), in 2019 a total of 11,176,545 German tourists visited Spain being the second world origin, only behind the British market, with 18,078,076 million tourists.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the global tourism and travel sector could lose some $ 2.7 trillion, which also puts nearly 100 million jobs at risk, according to estimates by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).