By Cathy Elelman • 16 November 2019 • 17:00
BRITS: UK visitors represented one in five of the non-Spanish guests in the provincial hotels.
HOTELS in Alicante registered average occupation levels of 80 per cent in October, 2.8 points above the same month last year.
The figures for the Alicante Provincial Hotel Association member establishments reflect the 10th consecutive month of increases in regional hotel occupation and what the organisation said was one of the best Octobers ever for the sector thanks to the many days of exceptionally warm weather and despite any Brexit-generated uncertainties.
In some areas of the province the occupation levels were even higher, averaging 86.1 per cent in Alicante city centre.
Approximately seven out of 10 of the guests in Alicante hotels last month were foreigners.
Brits accounted for just over 20 per cent of the non-Spaniards. A further 8.8 per cent were Swedish, 7.2 per cent Icelandic, 6.7 per cent French and five per cent came from Ireland.
Nearly 26 per cent of the Spanish tourists staying in Alicante hotels in October live in the Valencian Community and just short of 22 per cent came from Madrid.
A little over 12 per cent were from Cataluña, 8.4 per cent were Andalucians and 5.9 per cent came from the Canary Islands.
Another boost to hotel visitor numbers was the All Saints bank holiday on November 1, which this year fell on a Friday. In Alicante city hotel occupation was in the regions of 85 per cent for the long weekend.
In San Juan it was even higher (85.7 per cent), while in Javea it averaged 88.6 per cent and in El Campello 91 per cent.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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