Costa Blanca getting busy with pre-crisis tourist numbers

Flickr by David Gordillo.

TOURISTS: Hoteliers hopeful of good results this year after increase in overnight stays in July.

THE Costa Blanca is finally getting back its tourist mojo with occupancy reaching similar levels to those prior to the economic crisis.

Hotels on the Costa Blanca closed July with an average occupancy of 87 per cent, which represents an increase of nine per cent over the same month of 2014 confirming the recovery of tourism and overnight stays which have been increasing in recent months.

The figures also lead to the recovery of employment levels in the services and tourism industry, similar to that of 2008 when the economic crisis. Since July of that year the area has not recorded such positive hotel average occupancy rates.

Apartment stays are also on the increase, although they remain weighed down by illegal rentals, a practice that the government is trying to crack down on. 

Now, at the start of August, hotel employer Hosbec, which represents 75 per cent of hotels on the Costa Blanca, said the industry remained optimistic, especially for long weekends with hotels now quickly booking up for Thursdays to Sundays.

During the first weekend of the month, Alicante-Elche airport had 822 scheduled flights, expecting to bring around 140,000 passengers through the terminal and operation summer holiday saw an estimated 600,000 vehicles on the area’s roads. 

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