Holidays: Tourism Secretary ‘desperate’ to welcome Brits to Spain
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After the Spanish tourism minister issued a plea for travellers to keep the Mediterranean nation in mind when booking holidays this summer, furious Brits hit back. Some pointed out that his request was a far cry from the manner in which Britain has been treated in the months since Brexit. Express.co.uk were quick to slap down the invitation from Spain, with some saying they will look to non-EU countries to holiday this year.
Responding to tourism secretary Fernando Valdes’ plea, one Briton said: “You think that’s going to happen after the treatment of Brits before and after Covid – holidaymakers, expats, Gibraltar etc?
“Don’t make me laugh!”
A second reader wrote: “Totally agree. The whole of the EU has been anti-British since we left this corrupt outfit so let them entice other members to visit.
“Trouble is they don’t tend to frequent the bars like we do. Hit them in the pocket. It’s get your own back time!”
And yet a third said: “It wasn’t that long ago the Spanish were saying how they wished British holidaymakers would stop going to their country!”
The reader said the pandemic had “decimated their country” and suddenly the Spanish are saying “come back British, all is forgiven” after the UK left the EU.
They added: “I will holiday elsewhere and leave Spain to the 2-for-1 happy hour crowd!”
Another person said regardless of promises of hospitality and a warm welcome for British tourists in Spain, “the damage has already been done”.
They added: “Holiday anywhere but in the EU.”
One man said he simply could not pay to holiday in Spain over the way it has treated the UK on the Gibraltar issue.
As recently as this week Spanish former foreign minister and sitting MEP José Manuel García-Margallo claimed his country had to “fight” to regain control of the British overseas territory.
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The reader wrote: “Well thank you for the invitation.
“This year and for the next few years we find our desire to not support the Spanish who desperately needs our money but continue to make life hard for our expats our exports and for Gibraltar.”
Another reader said rather than lying on a Spanish beach this year they would opt to “have a holiday on the Rock” in reference to the territory bordering Spain.
And one person accused Spain of “insulting” the UK in Brexit negotiations by making Gibraltar an issue.
In an interview with Sky News, Mr Valdes spoke about the likelihood of Brits going to Spain this summer.
He said: “We are desperate to welcome you this summer!
“And I think we will be ready here in Spain and we also think that the vaccination programme in the UK is going pretty well.”
Meanwhile Turkey has boosted the prospect of UK holidaymakers being able to visit this summer by lifting flight restrictions.
The popular tourist destination announced it has ended its ban on direct flights from the UK.
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