Coronavirus : Mallorca is wary of his German tourists - The Point

It is called the 7th German Land as Majorca is a tourist destination popular with Germans. For fifty years, they contribute to the prosperity of the largest isl

Coronavirus : Mallorca is wary of his German tourists - The Point

It is called the 7th German Land as Majorca is a tourist destination popular with Germans. For fifty years, they contribute to the prosperity of the largest island of the Balearic islands, which derives the bulk of its resources from tourism. Some have bought homes, others come to play golf, to a yoga retreat or hiking in the winter.

But there are also these masses of tourists to the skin colour cancer who come to gather on the beaches to be overcrowded and in the hotels in cages rabbit from the capital of Palma. Their program " sea, sex and sun is simple : to roast in the sun, partying and consuming alcohol as possible. Early in the morning, they swallow buckets of sangria and beer on the section 6 of the beach of Palma, called the " Ballermann ", a nickname borrowed from a comedy film. Palma has its " Schinkenstrasse ", the street of the sausage and the " Bierstrasse ", the street of the beer. That is where you will find bars, night clubs and brothels reserved for German tourists.

risky behaviours

In mid-June, the autonomous government of the Balearic islands has decided to reopen gradually the German tourists the doors of Majorca, whose economy has been ravaged by the containment. An unprecedented measure to save the tourism, while in Spain the borders were reopened on 1 July. Some 11 000 German citizens have had the right to return to the island in the dropper. If they are not required to comply with the quarantine or to perform a test on arrival, however, they should observe the gestures, barriers, and wear the mask. However, videos posted on the Internet last weekend showing hundreds of tourists doing the holiday, without masks, embracing each other, dancing in the streets as if the Covid-19 did not exist.

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Result : fearing a second wave of contamination, the minister of Tourism of Majorca decided Wednesday to close for two months to come, that is to say in the middle of tourist season, in the enclave of German Palma to the dismay of shopkeepers and restaurateurs and furious. Jens Spahn, the German minister of Health, condemning his side to the irresponsible attitude of his countrymen, dreading that because of them, Majorca became a second Ischgl, the ski resort austrian who was one of the major foci of contamination at the beginning of the pandemic.

holidays in Germany

For years already, the inhabitants of this beautiful island, where dwelt Chopin and George Sand, protesting against the mass tourism, this "scum" of the revelers rowdy, which disfigures completely some parts of the island. Mallorca counts a million inhabitants, welcomes each year an average of more than 15 million tourists, a third of them Germans. In 2014 already, the consumption of alcohol in buckets had been prohibited and the supermarkets were not allowed to sell alcohol from midnight to 8 o'clock in the morning.

The Germans, travelers fans in Europe, are, however, many have opted this year for a holiday in their country. Still hesitant to take the plane, much prefer the short trips by car. The beaches of the Baltic and the North sea are taken by assault, all the houses occupied. Spain is the big loser of the pandemic. For travel at the end of the world and the cruises, they are practically at the stop. According to a survey published by Deutsche Bank, the Germans will spend between 10 and 20% less for stays abroad in 2020.

Updated Date: 19 July 2020, 08:33

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