Holidaymakers could pick up a cut-price getaway this summer, as two of Spain’s most popular holiday hotspots plan to reduce hotel prices in order to attract more tourists.
Hotel room prices could be reduced in Mallorca and Ibiza in light of new competition from resorts in Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt, which for the last few years have been seen as major security risks by many travellers.
Tourism chiefs in the Balearic Islands were discussing the plans in Berlin this week at the ITB, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, Spanish daily El Mundo reported.
Spain has welcomed record numbers of tourists over the past couple of years – including a colossal 82 million in 2017 – thanks in part to many tourists shunning bargain breaks in such places as Tunisia and Egypt over security fears.
Tunisia’s tourism industry took a major hit after the 2015 terror attack on the beach resort of Sousse that killed 38 people, but tour operator Thomas Cook announced that it would be reintroducing flights to the country from 2018. Tunisia, along with the likes of Egypt and Turkey, is aiming to attract tourists back to its resorts with low prices and bargain deals.
A report earlier this year ranked Ibiza as the most expensive holiday destination in the Mediterranean, beating even the high-end resorts of the Amalfi Coast and the French Riviera, so we reckon a little price-cutting wouldn’t hurt.