Hotels across Spain’s Costa Blanca are set to suffer 200 million euro losses due to latest restrictions
Nuria Montes made the claim in her role as General Secretary of the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotel association, who placed a figure of a whopping 150 million on Benidorm alone.
Coming after an emergency conference meeting with regional tourism leaders and Valencian president, Ximo Puig, Montes said that the UK quarantine measures would see many hotel rooms left unused through the holiday peak season.
“I estimate that between 200,000 and 300,000 overnight stays will be lost to our members as a result of the quarantine,” Montes forecast.
Other numbers forecast by Montes included that 500,000 seats will not be taken up on flights to Alicante-Elche airport, with half of those cuts down to tour operators like Jet2 and TUI scrapping their holiday packages.
She went onto say: “We will see a large cascade of flight and accommodation cancellations if the UK does not back down on the quarantine.”
Montes further added that around 15 per cent of the region’s hotels that were planning to reopen for August had done a U-turn, changing their minds, while 60 per cent had already reopened.