Autumn leaves: the week in Mallorca
“The falling leaves are drifting near my window. The falling leaves of red and gold. Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela wasn’t about to burst into song, and certainly not into a classic that isn’t exactly what you would describe as cheerful. No, no, the Mallorcan autumn leaves will be a joyous spectacle, as they will be jostled by what “we miss the most” – the tourists.
The tourism season, the minister assured us, will last longer than usual – “until autumn” – his boss, President Armengol, having previously suggested that it could even last until Christmas. TUI, who never shies away from making predictions, supported the minister and the president in their fall expectations. Huge demand, the tour operator said, will mean an extension of the season.
So let’s all hope that things don’t go badly and that all is not over long before Christmas. Meanwhile, there was a more pressing problem. When will the season actually start?
The start of the season
Despite the government’s continued insistence that a slow and cautious de-escalation of restrictions is designed to “save the season” (the start date for which appears to be the first week of June; perhaps), it may have – escaped government attention that some sort of season did start several weeks ago – remember those Easter German tourists that the government had not really wanted?
And with Pentecost more or less upon us, a second wave of Germanic trips to the island was expected with confidence, with German tourists clutching their Balearic government “ security packs ” and being reassured that they won’t. not to pay more than 75 euros for a PCR to return to Germany.
The ‘Safety Pack’
Iago Negueruela and Francina Armengol traveled to Berlin to proudly present the “ Safety Pack ” of return travel expenses paid by the government for any tourist whose stay needs to be extended due to a positive test in Mallorca. This was “very well received” by TUI and the DRV travel association, of which Norbert Fiebig declared the Balearic Islands a “priority destination”.
So as far as Germany is concerned, the season looked like it was about to take off. The same cannot be said for the UK, however.
If only the Madrid region had been as slow and cautious as the Balearics. Iago and Francina both blamed the high incidence in Madrid (and the Basque Country) so that the Balearics were not placed on the UK Green List. This blame may of course have owed something to the fact that the president of Madrid, Isabel Ayuso, is from the PP and that Iago and Francina are not, while there was also the not insignificant question of the vaccination rate in the Balearic Islands.
However, it eventually appeared that mass really meant mass, as the daily count of shots exceeded 9,000. The entire population over 50 is now well on its way to an appointment at a vaccination center, assuming, that is, she is able to make an appointment. When the notice was sent to 55-59 year olds to get the reservation, the Bitcita the system crashed. No one could have seen it coming.
Slow and cautious optimism
Nonetheless, the spring air was full of slow, cautious optimism. Iago was optimistic, the Spanish foreign minister was optimistic. the bars and restaurants were a little more optimistic, so it was time to turn off the light at the end of the cliché tunnel, as the president of one of the catering associations rightly did. The terraces were now open all day (until 10:30 p.m.) and every day. May 23 was the opening date of the interiors. But what was it? Government insistence that only bars and restaurants without a terrace can open indoors?