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They started in the Canary Islands, then travelled to the Balearics and this week King Felipe VII and Queen Letizia headed to Murcia as part of a tour around Spain to help promote summer tourism. The main aim of the tour, scheduled to eventually cover all of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, is to send the… Read more about Spanish Royals Visit Murcia on Nationwide Tourist Promotion Tour The post Spanish Royals Visit Murcia on Nationwide Tourist Promotion Tour appeared first on Corvera...
They started in the Canary Islands, then travelled to the Balearics and this week King Felipe VII and Queen Letizia headed to Murcia as part of a tour around Spain to help promote summer tourism.
The main aim of the tour, scheduled to eventually cover all of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, is to send the message that “Spain is back in business” and support Spain’s tourist, economic and social recovery following the lifting of the 98-day “State of Alarm”.
The royal couple are personally visiting major hotspots, urging international tourists to visit the country and national holidaymakers to once again travel to popular coastal and inland resorts this summer.
During one of their stopovers, mingling with tourists and holding talks with local authorities and business leaders, King Felipe said they wanted to encourage people to resume their holiday plans and help lift their spirits.
Their visit to the Murcia region included a tour of the La Carrichosa fruit and vegetable cooperative in Cieza, and the Murcia Biohealth Research Institute, which is working on major scientific projects related to COVID-19.
The tour is just one key initiative of a multi-million-euro campaign by the Spanish government to try to salvage this year’s peak summer tourist season – and beyond.
Others include a “Responsible Tourism” seal of quality created by the state secretariat of tourism for establishments that follow the “Guidelines on Measures to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Tourism Sector”, the only measures approved by the ministry of health.
According to the state secretary for tourism, Isabel Oliver, “offering confidence and safety is essential at the moment for re-attracting both domestic and international travellers. This seal of quality is yet another tool in our strategy to re-position Spain as a safe tourist destination for everyone.
“It is also a way to recognise the responsibility of those business leaders who make an effort to create a safe environment in their respective businesses, not only for tourists but also for their own workers and local residents.”
In addition, Turespaña, the official tourist promotion board attached to the ministry of industry, trade and tourism, has released a new video on social media as part of the campaign “Spain is Waiting for You” – with the hashtag #EspañaTeEspera.
Announcing details of the video campaign, Isabel Oliver (also head of Turespaña), said, “Spain is ready to receive foreign tourists under safe conditions as from 1 July and it will do this with its customary warmth and hospitality. Through this video, we want to encourage you to plan your holidays to our country now, where you will be able to find a broad and diverse tourism offer that will live up to any expectations.”
The video “invites you to not stop dreaming of Spain, shows some of the strengths of our country as a tourist destination in terms of natural areas, heritage, beaches and cities, and also alludes to the poet Antonio Machado”.
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Spanish health and tourism authorities have been working closely in tandem to prepare for the return of international travellers – with Corvera Airport Murcia at the forefront of implementing crucial “new normality” measures. Although one of Spain’s newest international airports (opened in January 2019), Corvera Murcia has already proved to be a valuable transport hub… Read more about Corvera Airport Murcia Back in Operation as International Gateway to Costa Cálida The post...
Spanish health and tourism authorities have been working closely in tandem to prepare for the return of international travellers – with Corvera Airport Murcia at the forefront of implementing crucial “new normality” measures.
Although one of Spain’s newest international airports (opened in January 2019), Corvera Murcia has already proved to be a valuable transport hub for travellers from the UK and other parts of Europe. It is conveniently located for those holidaying in resorts along the popular Costa Cálida – which takes in such tourist hotspots as San Javier, Cartagena, La Manga and Mazarrón – and offers several attractive low-cost routes.
The first flight arriving at Corvera Airport Murcia after the international restrictions were lifted was from Manchester on 1 July. Airport authorities had spent the morning completing a thorough check of the state of the amenities and security procedures in place to avoid possible COVID-19 infections, visiting key restricted areas (check-in, departure gates and baggage collection) and monitoring the international health department’s thermography equipment.
In an interview with Onda Regional, Airlines Association spokeswoman Carolina Herrero said aircraft were now the most secure means of transport, because airline companies had gone even further with their measures than what was stipulated by European authorities. Also, she added, aircraft were fitted with air filtration and renewal systems that were especially appropriate in avoiding the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.
Herrero reported that, following the first flight on Wednesday, others were scheduled for 2 July, Dublin (Ireland) and Palma de Mallorca, both also operated by Ryanair; while the same company planned a connection with Glasgow (Scotland) on 3 July.
The second airline scheduled to renew operations at Corvera Airport Murcia after the lockdown is Volotea, resuming its connection with Oviedo and inaugurating a Bilbao flight. Then Binter is due to resume flights to and from the Canary Islands on 4 July.
Meanwhile, Jet2 is set to relaunch its UK schedule linking Birmingham (15 July) and Manchester (17 July), and EasyJet plans flight connections with London (14 July) and Bristol (17 July).
Later, other summer flights are planned by Ryanair for London, Bournemouth and Birmingham in August, and by EasyJet for Southend.
In an official statement released as Corvera Airport Murcia prepared to re-open, Aena (Spain’s main airport authority) noted that its safety protocols would include measures related to cleaning and disinfection, safe distancing, general protection measures, signage and information, regular communication, and ongoing adaptation of airport procedures and infrastructure.
Specifically, informative posters and boards have been placed at key points around the airport (check-in desks, security filters, lifts, information stands, boarding gates, toilets, etc.), while other measures include distancing lines and footprints (indicating passenger circulation flows), hydro-alcoholic gel dispensers, messages on digital screens, and protective screens. In addition, messages are being issued through the airport’s public address system to inform passengers of the need to wear a mask at all times and to maintain personal social distancing throughout the terminal.
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Companies involved with the tourism sector are at a standstill during the current lockdown situation throughout the world, but many are still looking to a future when holiday bookings are renewed. Jet2holidays, for example, have begun preparations for a “Back with a Bang” sales campaign in anticipation of what – they told Travel Weekly –… Read more about Jet2 Preparing for “Back with a Bang” Tourism Boost Post-Coronavirus The post Jet2 Preparing for “Back with a Bang”...
Companies involved with the tourism sector are at a standstill during the current lockdown situation throughout the world, but many are still looking to a future when holiday bookings are renewed.
Jet2holidays, for example, have begun preparations for a “Back with a Bang” sales campaign in anticipation of what – they told Travel Weekly – is likely to be a “surge in demand” when the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.
With the industry predicting “massive pent-up demand” once the crisis is over and it is safe for people to travel, Jet2holidays head of trade sales Alan Cross said travel companies needed to plan now for the predicted bounce-back.
Speaking to Travel Weekly editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley during a video interview, he said, “We are building a campaign called ‘Back with a Bang’. If you don’t do it now, you’ll miss the boat. We are looking at social media and marketing content and at ensuring agents know the product they are selling. When things recover, customers will want that last-minute holiday.” According to Cross, 2021 holidays are already selling “very well”.
Meanwhile, Jet2.com are offering flights and holidays for sale from Birmingham Airport for summer 2021, including to Corvera Murcia Airport.
“The huge summer programme means over 2.2 million seats have gone on sale from Birmingham Airport – a capacity increase of six per cent compared with summer 2020. The expanded programme means that we are offering customers more choice and flexibility than ever before when it comes to reaching their favourite summer hotspots (such as Spain).
“With multiple weekly, daily and even multiple daily flights to many of these destinations, holidaymakers can enjoy complete flexibility over how long they holiday for – a move we pioneered 10 years ago so that customers can choose ATOL-protected holidays of any duration to suit their budgets and needs.”
Latest advice from Aena, the state airport authority that has jurisdiction over Corvera Murcia Airport, concerning the COVID-19 health crisis and its effect on services, notes…
“REMEMBER: Travel is not allowed except for reasons that cannot be postponed. If this is your case, check the status and terminal for your flight with your airline before flying, do not go to the airport more than 90 minutes in advance, avoid crowds, and maintain a safety distance of one metre with anyone.”
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Many residents and visitors currently in lockdown mode throughout the Murcia region will be thinking ahead, to when they can once again enjoy the region’s attractions – including its venerable history. Before the quarantine restrictions were decreed last month (and subsequently expanded until midnight 11 April), tourism authorities had launched an initiative “combining the appeal… Read more about Costa Cálida Showcases Historical Attractions Using Modern Technology The post Costa...
Many residents and visitors currently in lockdown mode throughout the Murcia region will be thinking ahead, to when they can once again enjoy the region’s attractions – including its venerable history.
Before the quarantine restrictions were decreed last month (and subsequently expanded until midnight 11 April), tourism authorities had launched an initiative “combining the appeal of the past with the modern technology of the future to bring some of its most famous attractions to life”.
Welcoming more than two million visitors in 2019, the Museum of the Roman Theatre in Cartagena, for example, is home to artefacts excavated from the 2,000-year-old Roman theatre.
A 21st century aspect is added to the museum by the use of virtual reality headsets at various points within the monument to display a 3D recreation of how it looked at the time it was in use. There are also virtual “flights” through the site, virtual guided tours, and a short excerpt from the type of play which would have provided entertainment for the people of that era.
According to a press release from Turística Murcia, “The city itself is a living monument to a bygone era and is renowned for its archaeological sites, with many Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish ruins remaining.”
Its Port of Cultures project is designed to make the city’s historical and cultural sights more accessible for tourists – highlighted by a panoramic elevator that connects the port with Concepción Castle.
Another city in the region with a rich history is Lorca. The impressive mediaeval castle, where Muslims, Christians and Jews cohabitated for centuries, is the focal point, able to be viewed from a far-off distance, while other attractions include many free-to-enter museums, squares, palaces, notable buildings and churches.
Within the castle’s grounds, the meticulously preserved Archaeological Park of the Castle and Synagogue is also a must-visit attraction.
Overall, the region’s strategic location as a Mediterranean enclave has enabled it to retain many significant historical links. These comprise a fascinating mix of culture and history including rock-paintings in cave-shelters dating to the Iberian period; Arab medinas; Christian castles, watch-towers, churches and temples; and numerous civil and military buildings.
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Residents and visitors throughout the Murcia region are being asked to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday night (28 March) to mark Earth Day. Events are being held throughout Spain for the annual initiative, known in Spain as “Hora del Planeta” and coinciding this year with a month-long nationwide lockdown decreed in… Read more about Murcia Joins Lights Out Initiative for Earth Hour The post Murcia Joins Lights Out Initiative for Earth Hour appeared first on Corvera...
Residents and visitors throughout the Murcia region are being asked to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday night (28 March) to mark Earth Day.
Events are being held throughout Spain for the annual initiative, known in Spain as “Hora del Planeta” and coinciding this year with a month-long nationwide lockdown decreed in response to another natural crisis affecting people around the globe: the coronavirus pandemic.
With that in mind, the global organising team is advising communities to celebrate Earth Hour digitally this year, and follow national health guidelines on attending and hosting public events. “Whichever way you, your community, your family or your friends choose to celebrate Earth Hour this year, we can still raise our collective voices to secure a ‘New Deal for Nature and People’, even if this year we are doing it from the safety of our homes.
“Some of the countries celebrating Earth Hour digitally are in fact hosting virtual events as exciting and ambitious as our physical events.”
Jumilla is just one of several municipalities in Murcia (including the capital city), and hundreds of Spanish town halls, taking part in the campaign. The town hall plans to switch off lighting at its 15th century castle from 8.30pm to 9.30pm (Spanish time), and has encouraged people to do the same in their homes, and send messages on torches from their terraces and windows with the following message in Morse code…
“Apaga la luz todo irá bien” (“Turn off the light, all will go well”)
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Organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is described on its official website as a global grassroots movement aimed at “uniting people to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet”.
It was started as a lights out event in Sydney (Australia) on 31 March 2007, when more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour.
Since then, it has grown to engage millions of supporters in more than 185 countries and territories, “inspiring individuals and organisations worldwide to take action for the environment, and driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the crowd. As the movement grows, the one-hour lights out event continues to be the symbol of a broader commitment toward nature and our planet.”
WWF projects and individual actions as part of the Earth Hour movement continue throughout the year, while the annual Earth Hour lights out event is held worldwide towards the end of March to encourage individuals, households, communities and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.
“Our objective is for people to take action beyond the hour, whether it is supporting a local WWF project or getting involved in Earth Hour campaigns in their own country, or starting the movement in their own community. The vision is always to do more, so make the light switch the beginning of your journey.”
Referring to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, the organisers said, “The well-being and health of our supporters and staff is our top priority. Many countries are currently facing a health crisis with the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives from this outbreak and our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones or who are sick. Given the unprecedented circumstances, the Earth Hour global organising team is advising that Earth Hour is celebrated digitally this year but countries should decide what to do for the best in line with national guidelines.”
Outlined here are several ways people can take part online or at home, and ideas for communities to show support. “If you do decide to continue with an on-the-ground Earth Hour event, please closely follow national health guidelines on hosting large public events and make a decision based on the advice provided by your country’s ministry of health.
“Wherever you are, you can help make this year’s Earth Hour bigger than ever by speaking up for nature loss and and showing your support online by adding your Voice for the Planet.”
Only one flight was scheduled for Corvera Murcia Airport today (Saturday) – TUI fly arriving from Antwerp at 9.30am and returning to Belgium at 10.25. Other than that, all flights have been cancelled, as airports in the Aena network enforce government restrictions – including a lockdown throughout Spain – aimed at curbing the spread of… Read more about British Embassy Updates Advice… as Corvera Airport Remains Open but Almost Deserted The post British Embassy Updates Advice… as...
Only one flight was scheduled for Corvera Murcia Airport today (Saturday) – TUI fly arriving from Antwerp at 9.30am and returning to Belgium at 10.25. Other than that, all flights have been cancelled, as airports in the Aena network enforce government restrictions – including a lockdown throughout Spain – aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus COBID-19.
According to local newspaper reports, apart from the occasional disorientated tourist, the only people at the terminal this weekend (following TUI fly’s departure) are airport staff, although they say they don’t know if they will be required to maintain the airport operative next week. “The situation changes every minute, because the airlines are constantly modifying their plans,” one source told La Verdad. Ryanair, EasyJet and Binter have all ceased services, while Norwegian’s summer schedule is on hold.
Aena’s official health alert (for the whole of Spain) advises that “travelling is not allowed except for reasons that cannot be postponed. If this is your case, remember to check with your airline always before flying and follow these measures when you arrive at the airport.”
Meanwhile, the British Embassy in Madrid has published a new video from ambassador Hugh Elliott, aimed at British tourists in Spain, as well as a Q&A on Facebook addressing some of the most frequently asked questions. Latest travel advice is available here.
The travel advice is updated regularly, and travellers are invited to sign up for email alerts, “so you are notified when we add new information. You may also want to join our Brits in Spain Facebook page, where we post updates regularly, and where you can find a community that can also help answer specific questions. The situation is fast moving and many people have had their travel plans and holidays disrupted.”
The Q&A covers a comprehensive range of queries. Here is a summary…
Are hotels closing?
Yes, the Spanish government has confirmed that hotel and short-term accommodation must close by midnight 26 March. Our current advice is that British travellers who wish to return to the UK should make plans to do so as soon as possible.
The Spanish authorities may ask British travellers to move hotels, as guests are being grouped into smaller numbers of hotels, but the Spanish tourism authorities have underlined that no-one will be left without accommodation.
Can’t get through to airline?
Airlines and ferry companies are experiencing a high volume of calls. Check their websites for latest information or other flight comparison websites for further information to arrange travel back to the UK. You may need to be flexible about your destination airport in the UK and your preferred date/time of travel.
Can’t afford flight back?
In very exceptional circumstances, and as a last resort, the FCO may be able to provide an emergency loan from public funds to help you return home. This is discretionary and will only be considered if you have exhausted all other methods of getting funds.
Will you repatriate people back from Spain?
Assisted departure will only be offered in the most exceptional circumstances. There remain commercial options for British tourists to return from Spain. British tourists in Spain should speak to their travel provider and follow the guidance of local authorities.
Do the emergency measures apply to British travellers on holiday in Spain?
Yes, they do. British travellers should follow the instructions of the local authorities. Anyone found to be breaching these instructions may be subject to action by the local authorities, including fines and possible arrest.
Can I drive to the airport?
The emergency measures restrict travel within Spain, but travel to the airport to return to the UK is an accepted reason. You may need to provide evidence of your journey (i.e. plane ticket). Friends or family can also drive you to the airport, but should keep evidence of the reason (e.g. a photo of travel tickets in case they are stopped on the return home) and comply with police restrictions on travel.
I have a house in Spain. Can I stay in it or do I have to go back to the UK?
If you are resident here for all or part of the year, rather than just visiting as a short-stay tourist, you can stay if you wish and your residential circumstances allow you to abide by the local instructions (e.g. cater for yourself, etc).
Can I drive back through France?
Spain is not restricting land border crossings from Spain to France. To drive back through France, the French authorities require that you fill in a declaration to explain your reason for travel; you should also have evidence of your onward travel plan (i.e. ferry/rail ticket).
Healthcare and EHIC use in Spain…
If you are temporarily in Spain and you need to see the doctor, be reassured that the UK EHIC is still valid for the rest of 2020 and will cover you for any necessary treatment. Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, you must follow the advice of local authorities, and comply with self-isolation, testing or quarantine requirements.
Health advice on returning to the UK?
Look at the Public Health England guidance on gov.uk. We no longer have geographical limits to who gets tested and who we ask to self-isolate – this will just be based on symptoms and it is no longer relevant where someone has travelled from. Anyone who has any of the symptoms should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next and not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
Our priority is to provide assistance to those British nationals overseas that need our help the most. For example, that might include those who are elderly, or those with physical or mental health complications. If you consider that you, or your relatives, are particularly vulnerable and require assistance, contact your local British consulate for support.
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