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Irish families could be forced to CANCEL summer holidays in Spain as fuel prices wreak havoc in sunny cities

IRISH families looking forward to a sunny Spain holiday may be forced to cancel their plans.

Soaring fuel prices have prompted truck drivers’ strikes in popular cities like the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, meaning hotels are having to postpone key renovation plans because they lack the necessary materials.

Hotels may be forced to cancel pre-booked holidays

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Hotels may be forced to cancel pre-booked holidaysCredit: Alamy
Irish families have been warned of strikes in Spain

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Irish families have been warned of strikes in SpainCredit: Alamy

Motorists have recently been protesting against high fuel prices, which Spain’s tourism boss Fernando Valdés recently called for warned could affect airlines and with it airfares, making it too expensive for tourists to travel to Spain.

These strikes have created shortages of building materials, meaning Spanish hotels have been unable to complete construction projects and may be forced to cancel pre-booked bookings public holidays.

And as strikes begin on the ninth day, concerns mount over the ability to feed guests as stocks of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables run low.

Antonio Mayor, president of the Benidorm-based hotel association Hosbec, called on the Spanish government to push through measures that will alleviate massive fuel price hikes in order to avoid strikes and delayed work in hotels.

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He told that sun UK that it would be a great disappointment to see a drop in tourism in Spain after two years of the pandemic.

He said: “There are at least half a dozen hotels in our area that are undergoing full refurbishments in the run-up to summer.

“Since it has been a few days since the last cement deliveries, this work is about to be stopped.

“If not fixed soon it will affect the end date of works and therefore reopening dates and that could impact existing holiday bookings.”

Irish people who still want to travel to Spain this summer have also been warned against a new scam appeal to tourists.

Two men were recently arrested by Spanish police after being caught on the Costa del Sol.

tourists often target the resorts of Spain, putting their wallets and valuables at risk.

In the new scam, they throw liquids at tourists before telling them they have bird droppings.

When they offer to clean them up, they then steal their bank cards and wallets.

NEW TRAVEL REGULATION

Elsewhere, all Irish airports are expected to bring in a major travel Rule change – after Shannon Airport lifted restrictions on liquids in carry-on baggage.

Shannon Airport chiefs confirmed last month there would be no more liquids in carry-on luggage limited to 100ml Container because of a new passenger control system.

The 1Restrictions on 00mL liquid containers was introduced across the EU in 2006 in response to a terror alert in the UK in August 2005.

Passengers at Shannon can now bring liquids on board in their carry-on baggage with no bottle size restrictions, allowing them to clear security “much faster”.

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And this is expected to be followed at airports across Ireland and the rest of the world, predicts travel expert Eoghan Corry.

In announcing the change, Shannon Airport reminded passengers that the old liquid restrictions may still apply if they enter another airport as part of their journey for transfer or return flights.

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