By Ron Howells •
Published: 28 May 2021 • 8:33
Hotels On Spain's Costa del Sol 'Optimistic' About June Bookings
Hotels On Spain’s Costa del Sol ‘Optimistic’ About June Bookings.
Hoteliers on Spain’s Costa del Sol are said to be optimistic about bookings for June this year and expect an occupancy rate of over 40 per cent, according to a report from hosteltur.
The hotel sector alone generated 16,967 jobs in 2019, which represents a ratio above 0.40 employees per room, and will start June 2021 with “a slight rebound” compared to May (34.26 per cent), but with figures still “well below” those of 2019.
The president of Aehcos, José Luque, stressed that “our best hope at this time is the extension of the ERTE until September, the maximum acceleration of the vaccination process that is still over 50 years old, the immediate implementation of the European Digital Green Certificate and the free circulation and consolidation of national tourism by land or rail.”
However, he added that “the great concern” of the sector lies in the main international market, the British, recalling that they are “loyal customers and that in 2019 [they] occupied 27 per cent of the total number of overnight stays in the province of Malaga.
In this regard, he added that the country “maintains restrictions towards Spain causing confinement upon return and higher travel costs due to having to endure PCR tests, especially when there are no guarantees yet from the United Kingdom of a change of status to ‘green light’ in the next revision political criteria prevail over economic ones.”
From the hotel business perspective, and in reference to the lifting of restrictions in territories such as Spain, he has pointed out that “it is useless for the host country to open borders if the issuing markets place restrictions, concluding that reciprocity as accessibility to destinations, it is necessary and essential to be able to welcome tourists.”
In addition, the occupancy forecasts “are not a real thermometer, since, in pandemic situations, cancellation policies are less restrictive,” they have specified.
Finally, José Luque said that the Costa del Sol has 330 establishments with a capacity of 84,076 places, of which in June there will be a total of 36,021 places occupied, while 166 establishments will be ready and open in June, which represents 50.30 per cent of the total.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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