The hotel sector does not plan to open in phase 1 of the de-escalation after the covid-19, which starts this Monday, despite being able to do so, until there is geographic mobility , which is expected only for when it enters the so-called ” new normality “, probably from next June 22.
During phase 1, to which eleven autonomous communities pass today, plus the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and the rest, partially, except Madrid, the opening of hotels and tourist establishments is allowed, although the use of the areas is prohibited common.
However, travel, in principle, remains restricted to the same province of residence until phase 3, inclusive, the last one before moving on to the “new normal”, in which inter-provincial travel will be allowed.
The general secretary of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodations (Cehat), Ramón Estalella , has indicated to Efe that, “practically with security”, the establishments will not open because there is no possibility of geographical mobility and, therefore, of having clients .
In his opinion, regardless of the de-escalation phases, the most important thing for the sector is that there be geographic mobility both nationally and internationally.
Those establishments that are located in places where tourism is Spanish, “until there is inter-provincial mobility, they will surely not open, because nobody is going to be confined to their home to be in a hotel room, ” he remarked.
Mobility and air connectivity
When there is mobility and air connectivity, most hotels, depending on the type, will open, but, logically, the islands and beaches, which depend on international demand, will not , since, with the Spanish, with Regardless of whether they can move, “they are not going to be able to fill the places,” he said.
“You cannot have hotels open, with all the operating costs that this entails, when you are not going to be able to have guests,” he added.
In addition, in this first phase measures have been taken such as prohibiting the use of common areas, instead of waiting for the sanitary protocol that the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality (ICTE), presented on Friday , has prepared . The fundamental thing for the sector is to have a clear protocol and that there are clients and, for this, it is necessary that they can move “from one place to another”, he insisted.
Chains that decide not to open
Chains such as Barceló Hotel Group, RIU Hotels & Resorts, NH Hotel Group or Room Mate already have their safety, health and hygiene protocols to guarantee the protection of their clients, employees and suppliers in the reopening of their hotels, which, however, for the time being, they will remain closed, as confirmed to Efe.
Barceló sees as “an advance” the fact of having proposed a de-escalation, but “as long as there are restrictions on the mobility and capacity of the establishments, he considers it unfeasible to propose the opening of his hotels in Spain . “Without international tourists and without interprovincial displacements, there is no room for reopening at the moment,” they stressed from the network.
RIU does not have a date to open its hotels , although it believes that it may not be possible in May, with only the local market, and looks more to June, although very aware of the evolution of the situation and the new measures.
No NH hotel in Spain, in principle, will resume its activity this week, despite the fact that the chain has started to open one in the main cities in northern Europe. In Spain, the group is analyzing when to do it, but “as long as interprovincial mobility is not allowed so that there can be some activity, it does not seem to make sense.”
Room Mate also believes that it is soon for the reopening, taking into account, in addition, that its hotels ” continue to welcome restrooms and the elderly , at least until next May 31″.