Due to positive forecasts of the British and German markets, major hotel chains are looking to open already by the end of March and beginning of April. One of the first to bid guests welcome will be the Robinson Club Cala Serena, a part of the TUI Group, which will open on March 20.
Then, throughout April and May, other major hotel chains will follow, such as Meliá, Hipotels, Grupotel, Barceló and Iberostar.
The political decision to open ahead of what was originally planned is partly motivated by the British government’s announcement to allow international travel in mid-May, as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance to go for a health passport to boost travel within three month.
After nearly a year without any activity, tour operators like Jet2, TUI, Alltours, EasyJet, DER Touristik and Schauinsland-Reisen are optimistic that the travel market will accelerate sooner than originally planned due to the massive vaccination plans in effect. Mallorca will be one of the most benefited tourist destinations, as the demand for bookings on the island exceeds all forecasts. This is even despite the fact than other tourist destinations such as Crete, Phones and Turkey are currently more popular.
Regional director of Robinson, Holger Reinshagen, points out that all the staff of the Robinson Club Cala Serena “we will comply with the sanitary protocols and periodically carry out PCRs and antigen tests. Security is essential for us and for our clients, who will arrive on the island at our complex with negative PCRs and with all the security measures”. Hipotels and Grupotel agrees with the statement.
From the headquarters of Meliá, they state that their hotels will open throughout April, May and June, all depending on the amount of reservations and plan to be fully operational in all destinations. From Barceló and Iberostar, the message is the same to await the amount of reservations.
As for Palma, the president of the Palma Hotel Association, Javier Vich, points out that the current 18 hotels open in Palma will increase to about 40 once we reach April. Vich, along with other tour operators stress that the de-escalation and re-opening has to be orderly.
German airline company TUI Fly, which is part of TUI Group, has scheduled flight to Mallorca from March 27. “We expect two weekly flight from Germany to Mallorca, if, the sales meet our expectations” is the notice from the TUI Group headquarters.
TUI and the rest of the German tour operators trust that all the health precautions in effect within the European Union will consolidate the process of opening up air connections to Mallorca.
To conclude, the re-opening of Mallorca from March will highly depend on demand.