Ibiza hotels may stay closed this summer as some only have 13% occupancy in July

Hotels across Ibiza fear they will have to remain closed for the summer season despite Spanish Prime Minister's "open for business" declaration because bookings are still at rock bottom.

Others say that due to the confusion over who will be able to travel, especially the Brits,entire floors of hotels are likely to be locked down in a bid to make ends meet.

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Ibiza hoteliers have "no idea" at this stage how many holidaymakers to expect this season, which normally finishes in September/October when the weather begins to cool. 

They say tour operators and airlines have the will to bring tourists back to the island but there is still great uncertainty over which countries will be allowed and the UK's 14-day quarantine.

At the weekend, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez raised hopes when he announced Spain's own 14-day quarantine rule would be scrapped on July 1st and declared: "There will be a tourist season this summer. 

2Spain needs tourism and tourism needs security at origin and security at destination. From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country."

Despite this, hoteliers are painting a gloomy picture for Ibiza. 
In interviews with island newspaper Diario de Ibiza, they revealed they had no idea how many hotels would open as some only had a 13 per cent occupancy for July.

One leading hotelier said: "Honestly, from what I see in the Balearic Islands, in general terms I doubt that it will open the entire hotel plant, there is less tourist influx, I think there will be a tendency to concentrate on part of the hotel plant."

"Many contacts are being made with different operators to see when they will be able to start but it is more complicated than it seems because they depend on air connections, which are not set up overnight. It takes a month and even more."

Diario de Ibiza says the tourism industry on the island is pinning a lot of hope on the traditional British market but will face tough competition from other locations such as Greece and Portugal which were progressing at a faster rate.

The hoteliers feel there might be some sort of season but it won't be a profitable one and unless occupancy rates of between 40 and 50 per cent are reached, many accommodation establishments will choose not to open. 

If they can't open in July, they are unlikely to do so in August.

Meantime, Ibiza is still willing to take part in a "pilot project" with Mallorca which, if approved by the Spanish government, would bring up to 2,000 German tourists to the islands in mid-June.

They would be invited in to test the coronavirus protocols for everything to do with the new-style holidays, from flying to transfers, the health checks needed and all the extensive sanitary arrangements the hotels will need to implement.

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