The occupancy rate in Spanish hotels fell 64% last month from a year ago, data from the National Statistics Institute show today
In the first eight months of the year, hotel bookings slumped 70% from the same period in 2019.
Travel restrictions imposed by European countries during the summer especially Britain, amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections in Spain, have smashed Spanish hotels hard after they emerged from a strict lockdown that had kept them shut between mid-March and late June.
Hotel bookings by British tourists plummeted over 91% in August, meaning the country lost about 1.1 million British visitors alone, while bookings from Germany were down 80%, the data showed. The Balearic islands lost 86% of their foreign tourists compared to a year earlier.
The tourism sector accounts for about 12% of the Spanish economy, providing more than one job in eight. Spain, one of the world’s most visited countries, received more than 80 million foreign visitors each year, mainly from European countries.
In Spain’s most popular regions for holidays, the average percentage is even considered higher nearer the 80% mark as many of them are now closed up until at least March next year.
” The figures are no surprise, in fact, I am not surprised they are even higher, most of the hotels around here are closed,” said a Fuengirola hotelier “It’s just so frustrating but it’s simply not economical to remain open with such little guests,” he said.
“You only have to look at the number of people flying into Benidorm from travellers photo’s on social media, if you haven’t got full planes you haven’t got full or half full hotels,” said Kevin Davies in Benidorm, it’s a ghost town here.
” Some people are in denial here and rant and rave but they need to wake up and look at the obvious,” he said. ” Take the local bingo caller, he’s constantly spouting nonsense on social media and most of it fake” he finished.
The concerns now though for hotel owners is when they will be able to open to make it worthwhile, as ministers across the world predict this could go on for a very long time if the situation isn’t contained which at present is not looking likely.
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