Benidorm could welcome back Britons in months with 'bubble island' status

BENIDORM is asking the UK Government to grant it status as a "bubble island" in order to welcome back British tourists in time for the autumn and winter season. What would this mean for holidaymakers?

PUBLISHED: 09:06, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:13, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Though Benidorm is situated on the Spanish mainland, where a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel warning is currently in place, the holiday hotspot hopes to go it alone in a bid to win back holidaymakers. The region has put forward the idea of becoming a "bubble island".

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Tourism leaders in the resort want both the Spanish and UK governments to endorse the new idea and allow a safe air corridor to be established for this autumn.

Hoteliers in the usually busy holiday region have revealed struggles to stay afloat this year, with just over a third of the available beds being occupied by holidaymakers and many hotels facing closure within the next fortnight.

Benidorm's mayor, Toni Perez announced details of the "Benidorm Island" idea on Wednesday, saying they wanted to offer a " safe tourist destination that behaves like an island in order to recover its position in the British market."

He said the offer would be for the "same old Benidorm" but with the guarantee of a series of highly tested security measures.

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"A destination like Benidorm cannot stand still," he stressed.

The initiative is aimed at matching or rivalling the holiday destinations in the Canaries and Balearics, both island groups which are being tipped to be the first to welcome back British tourists provided they have coronavirus tests before they set off for their holiday and again before their return.

As part of the "Benidorm Island" plans, weekly tests would be offered to labour personnel and public workers linked to tourism to ensure the best health conditions.

The mayor said: "Benidorm Island is already a real proposal."

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