The Balearic Islands now have more bookings from German tourists than competitors in the Eastern Mediterranean, thanks to the relaxation of restrictions and the end of the state of alert.
Until mid-March, Turkey and Greece had more holiday bookings from Germany, but Spain took the lead at the end of May, according to data from the German website HolidayCheck.
The turnaround is also due to an increase in coronavirus infections in Turkey, which has been listed as a country at risk since April 11, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
RKI and the German Ministry of Health and Foreign Affairs rank countries and regions according to the risk of Covid infection. The Balearic Islands are not on this list because the incidence rate in the islands is less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days.
26.36% of bookings made after May 31 for travel in 2021 were in Spain, followed by Greece and Turkey.
According to HolidayCheck data for January-May, 43.2% of searches in Spain were about hotels and holiday destinations in Mallorca; 15.8% for Fuerteventura and 13% for Gran Canaria.
The data also shows that 2.9% of German travelers intended to stay in Playa de Palma; 2% in Cala Millor and 1.5% in Playa de Muro.
“The slow de-escalation promoted by the government in recent weeks has allowed the Balearic Islands to have the second best incidence rate in Spain and has made the Balearics one of the safest destinations in the Mediterranean, which also has boosted tourism figures, ”said Government Spokesman and Minister of Tourism, Iago Negueruela.
“The Balearic Islands are now capturing 60% of German tourism“, declared the president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, who predicted that” the season will be strong and will allow us to recover thousands of jobs “.
In April, 124,674 international tourists chose to come to the Balearic Islands and according to data from the National Institute of Statistics via the Frontur survey, 80,952 of them came from Germany and 12,468 from Switzerland.