“We are packed, it couldn’t be busier, today we have already had 21 requests,” says Alwin Boerkamp. Together with his wife and their three sons, they own Villa Alwin Beach Resort, with 55 luxury tents in Cupra Marittima, on the coast in the Marche region on the Adriatic Sea in Italy.
It is also busy at camping Podere Sei Poorte from Hans and Sietske Poorte. “We have to sell ‘no’ until August 7,” says Hans Poorte. His site is also in the Marche, but an hour and a half’s drive north, inland, not far from Pesaro and Cattolica.
Boerkamp even says it is full until September 1.
Last minute bookings
Poorte has had a weak preseason, ‘but now it suddenly shoots up, we do have a lot of requests and also many advance payments’.
People e-mail or call at the last minute to see if they can come, Boerkamp adds.
It’s normally full from mid-July to mid-August, Poorte says. But this summer it was still quiet in the first weeks of July, he continues. He thinks that many Dutch people were still waiting for their second vaccination.
‘Better Italy than Spain or France’
Both Poorte and Boerkamp now find themselves getting bookings from people who were actually planning to go elsewhere. Many of their guests actually wanted to go to France or Spain, but chose Italy anyway.
On the site of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until today, because of the corona virus, code orange applies to all of Spain, which indicates that it is advised to only make necessary trips.
From tomorrow that will change to code yellow, but you must have a corona certificate when you return to the Netherlands and that is new. You must then either be fully vaccinated, or have recovered from corona, or have done a recent PCR test with a negative result.
Code orange or yellow vs code green
Code yellow already applied to France, but strict rules apply to tourists who want to enter the country. For example, unless you are fully vaccinated, you must show a PCR test that is not older than 24 hours. Otherwise you have to quarantine.
And from tomorrow you must also have a corona certificate if you return from France to the Netherlands.
Stricter rules will also apply in Germany from tomorrow. But code green applies to Italy, which means that the requirements to get there are less strict and you do not need to have corona proof when you return.
Holidaymakers not only opt for Italy at the last minute, they also book more for even later in the season. Poorte, for example, has many reservations for September. Normally that is hardly the case, people just come because there is room anyway.
And that’s good news after a dramatic 2020. “Last year we only achieved a third of the normal occupancy, but all in all we will reach 70 to 80 percent this year”.