HOTELS in Majorca are offering cheap deals including discounts of up to 50 per cent in an attempt to avoid early closure this summer.
Melia is slashing its normal prices by up to half this weekend in around half a dozen hotels open on the island – including Sol Barbados and Melia Calvia Beach, according to local media.
The hotels where the aggressive marketing campaign is taking place are in Palmanova and Magaluf.
The two most Brit-popular areas in Majorca have been badly hit by the UK’s decision to make returning holidaymakers quarantine and advise against non-essential travel to Spain.
The mandatory UK quarantine was enforced on July 26, with the Canaries and Balearics following on July 27.
Last month it emerged less than a third of the hotels in the two resorts would not open in August.
Mauricio Carballeda, president of the Palmanova-Magaluf Hotel Association, said as Majorca prepared for what should have been the busiest period of the peak holiday season: “Of the 88 hotels in Palmanova and Magaluf, only 33 are open or were going to open.
“Now, after the UK announced its quarantine for returning British tourists, two of those hotels will close and three have said they won’t open.”
“That leaves 28 hotels out of 88. The recent measures announced by the British government have made what was already a complicated and difficult year worse.”
Iberostar is another important hotel chain which is offering huge discounts on its normal prices to try to salvage what is left of a disastrous season.
Local reports say several hotels which form part of the Iberostar hotel chain are offering half-board rooms for the last weekend in August for less than €50 (£45) a night for the last weekend in August.
Majorca has been badly hit by Germany’s recent decision to take Spain off its safe list of foreign destinations.
Germany has issued a blanket warning against travel to Spain amid concerns that tourists returning from “party” holidays are causing a rise in the infection rate.
The island is one of the few Spanish destinations where Brits do not top the list of foreign visitors, although pockets of Majorca such as Magaluf are traditionally British strongholds.
The price discounts are primarily aimed at the Spanish market, but Brits have been told they will be able to take advantage of the cheap prices if they decide to defy Foreign Office advice and can get last-minute flights to the holiday island.
However, Majorca has been forced to follow new restrictions as the Spanish government cracks down on large parties and events in an attempt to reduce the coronavirus infection rate.
Majorca and Ibiza’s government has banned pool parties as part of its latest crackdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.
And it has once again stressed that party boats are also prohibited no matter where they are berthed, in any part of the islands.
Here are some of the other countries placed on the UK’s quarantine list.