Ghost Towns: Spain Will Have ‘Zero Tourists’ Within Days

Published March 17th, 2020 - 11:12 GMT
A woman wearing a face mask walks at the airport in Palma de Mallorca on March 16, 2020. Spain has registered nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 8,744. AFP/File
A woman wearing a face mask walks at the airport in Palma de Mallorca on March 16, 2020. Spain has registered nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 8,744. AFP/File
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More than 9,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain and at least 300 deaths

Spain will have 'no tourists left' within a matter of days as 500 hotels in the Costa Del Sol are set to shut due to coronavirus fears.

Around 12,000 people could be unemployed as a result but the wave of closures is being described as 'unavoidable' following Spain's declaration of a State of Emergency.

There are more than 9,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain and the country has reported no fewer than 300 deaths.  

President of the Federation of Hotel Businesses of Andalusia, Luis Callejón Suñé said the 44 hotels already closed are 'only the tip of the iceberg', Spanish newspaper Sur.es reports.

Most of the rest of the hotels along the Costa del Sol are expected to close between now and the weekend. 

These offer 78,000 beds and provide employment for 12,000 workers. 

Thousands of hostels and apartment buildings are also expected to follow.

No dates have been announced for reopening but the closures will last until at least the summer. 

Some of the hotels have offered their facilities as make-shift hospitals if needed.

The news follows yesterday's announcement that hotels across Benidorm, the Costa Blanca and Valencia are also closing by Thursday on a voluntary basis in a bid to safeguard staff and tourists from the coronavirus outbreak.


And the Canary Islands are also expect to have 'zero tourists' within the next week after new measures limited the influx of people to the archipelago.

The Balearic Islands - which include Mallorca and Ibiza - are experiencing the same scenario with hotels closed and many chains also offering their rooms for patients if necessary.

The hotel association for the Costa Blanca has announced that hotels have taken the decision to 'self regulate' in the absence of an official order from the Spanish Government.

A statement issued by the association confirmed: 'We would have liked the closure to have been decreed by order of the Government, as has happened in other countries but in the absence of a political decision hotel businessmen have decided to self-regulate ourselves in the application of the reasonableness and responsibility in these grave moments. 

'Thus, hundreds of companies have already decided to close and many others are joining this measure as an urgent need to control the health crisis that is causing a serious economic crisis.

'Hotel and vacation activity is clearly incompatible with the measures decreed by the Central Government to confine the population to their homes and to keep hotels open we cannot guarantee the necessary isolation conditions to control the coronavirus pandemic.'

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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