The Balearic Islands tourism minister has called for an extension of Spain’s furlough scheme, warning of a crisis ahead.
Iago Negueruela said the islands were entering a “complicated period of hardship” and needed government help.
He also emphasised the need to reposition the islands as a safe destination.
Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera tested its Pilot Plan in June to bring visitors back to the islands, but with autumn approaching, they face another big fall-off in trade as their winter season is a fraction of mainland Spain’s.
Negueruela welcomed the decision of the UK government to introduce a more targeted approach to travel corridors by separating some islands from mainland countries.
He said he was confident economic recovery would be accelerated with the arrival of British visitors and outlined negotiations for the reopening of safe travel corridors for tourists without the need for quarantine on return.