The draft protocol for the reopening of hotels, presented to the Government on Thursday and pending approval by the Ministry of Health, does not establish percentages or limits in terms of capacity.
On Thursday, the draft protocol for the reopening for hotels and tourist apartments, prepared by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality (ICTE), in collaboration with the hotel employer Cehat and the Secretary of State for Tourism, which has been the great proponent behind the creation of a single health protocol, was presented to the Government. Regional sector organisations, hotel chains and companies have also participated in its preparation.
Now, this unique guide, which aims to unify the guidelines for the reopening of accommodation establishments, only needs to be approved by the Ministry of Health, which is expected to happen this week. On Monday, 11 May – when phase 1 of the exit from lockdown begins for most regions – hotels will be able to reopen their doors, although in accordance with certain conditions.
The objective is to unify the guidelines to be followed for the reopening of hotels, to provide certainty and confidence to customers and hoteliers.
The Technological Hotel Institute (ITH), together with the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT), will publish guidelines for the reopening of the hotel sector on 8 May.
In phase 1 of the exit from lockdown – which begins on Monday 11 May – hotel establishments will be allowed to open their doors; therefore, the presentation of this protocol has been brought forward so that hoteliers can restart their activity with the necessary guarantees in place.
The progressive opening of the sector by December would result in losses of €124 billion. In that case, the recovery of the industry would not arrive until the first four months of next year.
Spanish hoteliers are warning that keeping their establishments closed until the end of the year is “inconceivable ” and that this would mean a loss of competitiveness for the sector. “In Spain, the progressive opening of the sector by December would result in losses of €124 billion. That would be devastating for the sector,” explained Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Meliá, according to Expansión.
For Escarrer, this scenario assumes that the recovery of the industry would not come until the first four months of next year, meaning it may “lose out” on Christmas 2020 and Easter 2021, both key dates in the hotel industry.