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The tide is back in for the Canary Islands, so once Brits can travel again, what should they expect from their winter-sun escape? Laura French finds out


opaz waters lapping white and black-sand beaches, fiery sun illuminating film-like landscapes, exceptional Canarian food – the


Canary Islands’ appeal is easy to fathom in any year. But with so many other winter-sun destinations off


the cards for the coming months, the industry was pinning its hopes on a strong season to one of our best-selling winter destinations. The surge in demand in the wake of the travel corridor announcement was clear. Jet2holidays reported selling 5,500 holidays to the islands within hours, rising to nearly 30,000 within five days, while Tui, Jet2, Wizz Air and easyJet all reported they would be restarting their programmes. New lockdown measures at home now put those


services in doubt, but with restrictions set to be lifted later in the year, clients might still be looking ahead to much-needed escapes abroad. So what have tourism providers been doing to get their businesses ready for when tourists return? We asked experts from across the Canaries.


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DESTINATIONS CANARY ISLANDS | WINTER SUN


TENERIFE José Gregorio Martín Plata, minister of tourism for Tenerife Tenerife’s borders opened to most of Europe on June 22, but the tourist areas have been very quiet. In terms of Covid measures, the government of


the Canary Islands set out a series of protocols. They include face masks to be worn by anyone over the age of six (unless exempt) outdoors as well as in enclosed public spaces, and when entering or walking around beaches and pools. At restaurants and bars, tables are spaced at least


1.5m apart, and a maximum of 10 people per group. Self-service items including napkin dispensers and menus have been removed, and all establishments must close by 1am. Nightclubs are closed. Hotels have caps on numbers in communal areas and activities, while buffets have been modified with screens at self-service stations and food plated individually in some cases. Tourist attractions and guided tours must now be booked in advance, and ²


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