Coronavirus forces mass closure of Majorca hotels in blow for Brit holidays

Brits planning a summer holiday trip to Majorca could be disappointed as coronavirus forces a mass closure of hotels.

Several accommodation chains are expected to stay closed until June thanks to the outbreak.

There are currently 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Mediterranean island.

The Hotel Chain Association (ACH) told local media "there are more cancellations than reservations" and added that rate was expected to continue for the next five to six weeks.

Any hotels with less than 30% occupation will remain closed, and guests who have booked stays there will be moved to other places which are remaining open.

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The Olive Press reports that a local hotel company has had bookings for "all five" of their luxury villas cancelled by families too scared to travel during the outbreak.

"The low sales levels are unlikely to change in the next two weeks, so the Balearic Islands and other holiday will be affected at Easter," ACH president Gabriel Llobera said.

Majorca is a very popular holiday destination for Brits wanting sunshine, especially over Easter half-term and summer.

The island's tourism industry has been affected by Storm Gloria in January, which ravaged Majorca's beaches leaving them damaged and lacking in sand.

Hotels aren't the only ones struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, with large holiday groups cancelling their cycling tours that had been booked for March and April, typically a busy time for tourism.

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Tourism is struggling in other parts of Spain as well, with cancellations and booking slumps dropping "up to 50%" on the Costa del Sol and in Andalucia, reports the Olive Press.

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