IRISH tourists heading to Mallorca could be hit by HARD restaurant and pub bills – as hard-hit businesses face soaring costs.
Holidaymakers heading to Spain could also see the summer holidays as hotel construction works are behind schedule.
Local business officials warn that the cost of a meal on the Spanish island could rise by up to 15 percent.
And they’ve been hampered by a shortage of essential ingredients like olive oil due to a Spanish transport strike.
The Majorcan restaurant group CAEB and the Association of Restaurants Arema warned of holiday hell.
CAEB President Alfonso Robledo said raw material costs are up 30 percent – and that whole increase isn’t even passing through to consumers because of current holiday budgets.
But restaurants in Mallorca have had to raise prices by 10 to 15 percent to make ends meet.
Arema President Jaume Colombás said some restaurants are even having to remove dishes from menus because they simply cannot afford to offer them at the same prices as just a few weeks ago.
He said, “The first thing citizens cut back on when they have less money is free time.”
The most affected are oils such as sunflower and olive oil, as well as dairy products such as milk and butter, but also meat.
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Shipments of fish, wine and fine champagne could also be affected during the strike.
And alongside the transport strike disaster, utility bills have also skyrocketed – some companies being charged from €1,600 to €4,000 in a matter of months.
Restaurants have closed earlier days during the week to save on staff costs and rents have risen 6.5 percent.
Just months after Covid-19 lockdowns reopened, Mr Robledo said restaurants are keen to get the problem resolved before it becomes more serious.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
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.”
Elsewhere, all Irish airports are expected to bring one major travel rule change – after Shannon Airport lifted restrictions on liquids in carry-on baggage.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8546956/majorca-irish-tourists-holiday-warning-restaurants-booze-bills/ Irish tourists warned restaurant and pub bills could ROCKET over the summer holidays