Ibiza informs that International Djs will not go this year to the Island due to the pandemic
Ibiza announces that International Djs will not go to the Island this year due to the pandemic.
Ibiza is preparing for catastrophe. It is the favorite destination for thousands of British, Germans and Italians, among others. Businesses should be kicking off their peak season these days. But the pandemic disrupted everything. The great international DJs have already announced that they will not go this year. Many hotels, restaurants and clubs will not open their doors. The island’s economy enters an emergency zone. The main beach in Europe, facing a summer without tourists or parties.
Ibiza is witnessing the greatest catastrophe that its neighbors remember. This Spanish island, which has become the party capital of the world since the late 1970s, is afraid of being forced to give up the season as a loss to the coronavirus. The great international DJs will not go, the clubs do not know if they will be able to open throughout the summer, the hotels are empty and the beaches are deserted. «It is a tragedy,» say local businessmen, aware that the regional economy depends almost entirely on tourism that this year will not come. «How are we going to survive?» They ask.
May is a key month for Ibiza, when large clubs such as Pachá, Amnesia, Privilege and Ushuaïa celebrate their openings and the island is preparing for the waves of foreign visitors (Italians and British lead the numbers, but also come from Germany, France, The United States and, increasingly, Latin America) that will not stop until the closings between September and October. For most of the island’s workers, the income for the whole year depends on these months.
The Spanish government has just announced the phases of the de-escalation of the confinement, one of the strictest in the world since it started on March 14. Normality will gradually return between May and June, provided that the numbers of infected do not worsen. But these measures do not reassure Ibiza workers, who repeat two words to describe their situation: «fear and uncertainty».
“I give up on the year, I already assume that I will have zero income. Although the island begins to open towards July or August, normality will take much longer to return, even in 2021 things will not be the same as before. I am not dramatic, I am realistic, ”says Juan Fluxà to Infobae, who defines himself as“ 100% Ibizan ”, a businessman turned artisan who lives exclusively on tourism, focused on gourmet services and signature products such as his distillery.
Like him, many others who do business on the island think that the health crisis will provoke an unprecedented economic crisis. «It is going to be worse than in 2008,» Fluxà warns. The bursting of the real estate bubble played havoc a decade ago in the Spanish economy due to its dependence on brick, but the consequences of Covid19 (confinement, social isolation, closed airports) threatens to injure the locomotive to death, which contributes more than 12% to National GDP: tourism.
«The measures the government is taking to help workers are fine for the short term. But what will happen next with the entrepreneurs who depend on tourism? This will not be fixed in a long time, talking about solutions for less than a year is science fiction ”, reflects Fluxà, who believes that many companies in Ibiza will go bankrupt if extraordinary measures are not already taken so that they can face your fixed expenses without entering a single euro.
After eight years in a row of record figures in foreign visitors arriving on Spanish beaches, 2020 will be a dramatic date for tourism in Spain, which already calculates losses of more than 60% compared to income in 2019. In the Balearic Islands, this percentage could rise to 80%, according to the national tourism association Exceltur. The Balearic government’s labor department estimates that until August there will be no “minimal” activity in the region and that Ibiza will be the most punished island along with Formentera.
Local authorities estimate that around 150,000 jobs could be destroyed in the Balearic Islands this year. The tragedy behind these figures has names and surnames. DJ Andy Laguna, a Catalan who arrived in Ibiza 20 years ago, explains that most of the island workers spend half the year fallow to work piecework in the high season. «This has directly ruined me,» he laments in conversation with Infobae.
At least 90% of the island’s economy revolves around tourism, a figure that some businessmen increase to 100% because, after all, all activities (from fishing to catering) depend on visitors. «This is a town, there is nothing else to do here, it is almost a monoculture», says Andy Laguna, who speaks of a solidarity movement among the neighbors to help those who have run out of income and cannot even buy food . “Being such a small place, we all knew each other
By José Fajardo