BURSTING BENIDORM: ‘Outrageous’ fancy dress festival helps smash November hotel records

POSTAL DELIVERIES: Staff shortages in Campohermoso (Nijar) mean posties having to work in searing heat Photo credit: CC/Tiia Monto

A FANCY dress festival which attracted more than 25,000 British people has been credited for Benidorm quashing its previous hotel occupancy record.
Hoteliers were reportedly almost 90 per cent full during the first two weeks of November, the best figures since records began two decades ago.
And many believe this is due to the often ‘outrageous’, always colourful annual parade, billed as Europe’s largest fancy dress arty, which takes place the day after Benidorm’s official fiesta ends.
The positive news comes months after the popular resort was predicted to endure a bad season ahead, amid claims the number of British tourists was on the decline.
But according to hotel association Hosbec, things have picked up over the last few weeks and the British market trend has ‘normalised’.
Its president, Toni Mayor said the 88.1 per cent occupancy rate was going to be amongst the best in Spain but warned against complacency.

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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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