Spain holidays: Benidorm wants to scrap restrictions like England – ‘eliminate obstacles’

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The president of the Hosbec hotel association, Toni Mayor, has called for restrictions in Benidorm to scrapped. Many Britons travel to the Spanish resort every year.

England is set to end ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions on January 26 and the Hosbec president believes that the Spanish Government should do the same.

Mayor said: “The Government should eliminate all obstacles for the arrival of visitors just as they (England) have done.

“Everything that normalises relations is good for the sector, in addition to removing all obstacles, such as the Covid passport, if the downward trend in infections is confirmed, as experts predict.”

However, the president of the Valencia region, Ximo Puig, has said he plans to extend use of the Covid passport beyond January 31.

Puig argued that the Covid passport helps to protect businesses and lower the transmission of Covid.

Mayor said: “As infection rates fall, businesses are in favour of its elimination because it has not managed to stop the latest pandemic wave, and if the downward trend is confirmed with less serious infections, then the Valencian Government should end it.”

He added he was optimistic about the upcoming season, saying: “The beginning of the end is near.

“And if things continue as good as they are, then I think we will have a good spring and Easter, which will be the prelude to achieving a normal summer.”

British tourists must be fully vaccinated to travel to Spain and only children under 12 are exempt.

From February 1, British tourists will need to have had a booster vaccination if their second jab was more than 270 days ago.

Face masks are compulsory across Spain both inside venues and outdoors as well as on public transport.

Some tourist areas have restrictions on beaches which require tourists to book ahead to visit.

Benidorm has had a difficult time during the pandemic and some hotels have had to close early for winter.

The resort area started the year with almost 50 percent of hotels closed with some saying the streets were empty.

Toni Mayor recently said that Benidorm was facing the “second worst winter in the history of tourism”.

Benidorm has long been a favourite holiday destination with British tourists who have described it as a home away from home.

In November, around 20,000 Britons travelled to the party resort to take part in the annual Fancy Dress Carnival.

Although the official event was cancelled in 2021, many Britons took to the streets to drink and celebrate.

British tourists visiting Benidorm will need to take a lateral flow test on or before day two after arrival in the UK.

Travel experts have called for the UK’s testing restrictions to be scrapped for vaccinated passengers.

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