Costa del Sol to offer ‘free coronavirus insurance’ for holidaymakers – Mirror Online

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The Costa del Sol is planning to offer international holidaymakers free «coronavirus insurance» in a bid to revitalise its tourism industry.

Andalusia has decided to follow in the footsteps of the Canary Islands to give visitors «peace of mind».

The insurance would cover hotel and hospital costs if the holidaymaker contracts coronavirus during their stay.

Andalusia is also stressing «the urgent need to create safe corridors and says it is in a position to offer tourists better health services than other regions».

The coronavirus insurance is part of a package of new proposals which includes travel discount vouchers for local residents who choose to remain in any part of Andalusia for their holiday.

These can be used from October 1st and will redcue costs by 25 per cent (to a maximum of 300 euros) for stays of at least three nights. The offer is valid until May and can be used up to three times.

Costa del Sol (photo taken pre-pandemic)
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Tourism councillor Juan Marín said the Andalusian government was introducing the measures to stimulate demand after being badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus insurance would be introduced from next January.

He said setting up safe travel corridors would play a huge part in bringing tourists back to the region and yet another request had been made to the Spanish government for this to happen.

Hotels in the holiday hotspots are also being encouraged to work towards the «safe destination» seal with extensive coronavirus safety regulations.

Mr. Marin made his announcement today when interviewed on Canalsur radio when he also criticised the Spanish government for not asking for financial aid for tourism from the European Commission «despite the fact that the latest data shows that some 30 million hotel nights were lost in August.»

The Canary Islands was the first region in Spain to announce Covid-19 insurance for holidaymakers in August. 

This guarantees that tourists, both national and international, will have all their expenses guaranteed in an incident due to coronavirus, such as repatriation, medical expenses and stay in quarantine.

The Andalusian Federation of Travel Agencies said they welcomed the travel bonus initiative for local people although «the action comes a little late.»

However, an economic impact is estimated to be close to 50 million euros, «which will greatly help the reactivation of tourism in the community.»

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