Sunseeking Brits warned summer holidays in Spain and tourist hotspots ‘at risk’

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Brits hoping for summer holidays in Spain this year have been dealt a fresh blow after warnings were raised they are "at risk".

Sunseekers hoping to visit other top destinations such as Greece, Portugal and Italy are also set to be disappointed, analysts say.

They warned rising coronavirus cases and Europe’s slow vaccine rollout means the continent could be out of bounds for getaways.

Holiday favourite Spain is “particularly vulnerable”, according to Morgan Stanley.

The bank has warned Europe is facing another lost summer tourist season.

Tourism-dependent southern countries are set to take the hardest hit, as millions of jobs depend on the sector.

In a statement, the bank said: "Europe's high cases and slow vaccine drive could lead to a late reopening, putting a second summer at risk – which would exacerbate the north-south divide.

"Spain, which was already one of the worst performers in 2020, looks particularly vulnerable, based on our analysis.”

Last year, Europe was able to save some of its summer season with the help of restrictions and seasonal weather dynamics that lowered transmission rates from spring.

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This summer looks to be different, the bank claimed.

It warned: "But we are somewhat sceptical that this can happen again this year, given the emergence of new strains, which appear to be more transmissible and dangerous, and have driven an acceleration in cases recently in the euro area, e.g. in France and Italy."

Airlines and travel groups are desperate to resume some kind of normal summer holiday season this year after Covid restrictions left many fighting for survival.

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Portugal says it would gladly welcome British tourists from May 17 if they could show proof of having had the vaccine, or a negative test for younger travellers.

But Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was too early to speculate on whether or not foreign holidays would be allowed this summer.

He told LBC radio he would be staying in the UK for a holiday.

Irene Hays, the boss of Britain's largest independent travel agent Hays, said there were encouraging signs international travel would resume.

  • Spain
  • Holidays
  • Coronavirus

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