Brits in Spain furious about complaints that tourists can’t book vacations

Published:  8 Apr at 6 PM
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British expats in Spain are furious about would-be holidaymakers’ complaints over their inability to book vacations.

Spain is facing a major recession in the tourism trade due to its high numbers of coronavirus victims, with major players in the sector saying the dearth of visitors is due to last for at least three years before returning to normal. As of now, hospitality business owners are being asked to continue supporting the sector in spite of the dire situation, even as those attempting unsuccessfully to book are threatening to go elsewhere for their annual breaks in the sun.

Angry expats are making their views known on forums and in the English language media, with one stating it’s appalling that people are more worried about their vacations than the number of those who’ve died due to the pandemic. Others say Spain’s measures to control the spiralling infections are what’s needed and what’s getting priority, with the government waiting for the virus to loosen its hold before allowing hordes of tourists to arrive and put themselves and local residents at risk.

Spain is now enduring one of its worst disaster scenarios for many years, with long-term expat residents unhappy about online comments slamming hoteliers for their sensible stance. No-one knows how long the virus will continue as a risk to health and life, with taking holiday bookings at this time being considered unprofessional due to the likelihood of cancellations at a later date. British expats are pointing out that tourists aren’t wanted at the present time, especially given the haphazard manner in which the UK’s government is dealing with its own pandemic.
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