Smiles on the Balearic islands

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The Balearic Islands offered free Covid-19 insurance during the summer for visitors travelling to the islands.

Mallorca was one of the most popular destinations in July. Image – Balearics Tourist Board

How successful was the offer in attracting more visitors?

It will be hard to quantify the impact but the islands have decided to extend the offer until the end of this year which suggests that the government and the tourist board think that it has been worthwhile.

It believes that it has helped restore traveller confidence and stimulated demand especially amongst families. The tourist board is now hoping that it will boost demand for the October half term holidays.

Cover includes medical, surgical and hospital expenses (with a maximum limit of €15,000), medical expenses for transportation and repatriation, as well as the costs of extending a stay in regulated accommodation for the policyholder and their travel companions The policy covers costs resulting from the policyholder’s stay being prolonged due to self-isolation or quarantine because of Covid-19.

When the Balearics announced the extension it probably already knew that the islands had done well in attracting Britons in July but the news was only recently released.

The four islands that make up the Balearics – Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca saw 291,731 British tourists in July 2021, a huge increase compared to June but this was unsurprising given lockdowns were still in place.

In July 2021, there were 35,691 and 75,336 arrivals to the islands of Menorca and Ibiza respectively. In the same month, Palma airport recorded a significant monthly increase in UK air arrivals with 178,807 passengers compared to just 18,021 the previous month.

From these figures and other knowledge to which he must have access, the Balearic Islands’ tourism minister believes that August figures would be even better.

If the insurance is helping attract visitors then the next few months on the islands could also bring a smile to local tourist organisations.

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