By Ron Howells • 03 August 2021 • 8:46
Costa del Sol Hoteliers in Spain estimate an occupancy rate of 66.9% in August.
The Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos) closed the month of July with “relatively positive” data when compared with previous forecasts and estimates an occupancy rate of 66.9% for the month of August, announced Aechos president José Luque on Monday, August 2.
Thus, the hotelier highlighted that July ended with 66.55% occupancy, which represents an increase of four points above the forecast for the middle of the month, which pointed to 62.7%.
“Although they are certainly positive with respect to forecasts, we must never lose the perspective that these occupancy figures on the Costa del Sol are far from what we are used to in high season,” said Luque, in reference to the data.
The business representative is “hopeful” that August will behave, at least, in a similar way “and that the change in the downward trend of infections that -appears- is taking place, will lead to a few months of September and October with better news for hotel occupancy.”
Andalucian towns such as Marbella, Estepona and Mijas have expanded their occupancy by three points with respect to the forecasts that were estimated in the middle of the month, setting their rates at 70%, 55% and 51.7% of reserved rooms, respectively.
In addition, July ended with about 79% hotel occupancy in Malaga capital and 78% in Nerja, the towns with the highest rates in this parameter. Looking ahead to August, forecasts estimate that Benalmádena will also exceed the 70 per cent occupancy barrier.
In a major boost for the sector, the UK government has scrapped the ‘amber watchlist’ travel category which travel and tourism sectors were fearful would wreck any chance of a busy summer.
UK Government Ministers had been considering the new amber watchlist category for nations at risk of being moved into the red group under the traffic light system. However, following a backlash by Tory MPs, ministerial concerns and complaints from the travel industry, government sources confirmed there would be “no amber watchlist”.
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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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