By Claire Gordon • 28 October 2021 • 11:10
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Hotel executives for Costa del Sol clients with high purchasing power yesterday said that 2022 is to be the year of recovery for the tourism sector. They reported that this year small advances had been made in bouncing back from the pandemic in 2020. Managers, however, were a little more cautious, citing uncertainty around the evolution of the virus and the changing nature of the markets that send the most tourists to Costa del Sol hotels.
Multiple hotels had representatives out at a meeting organized by the specialist luxury tourist university, Les Roches. They included Los Monteros, Anantara Villa Padierna, Don Carlos and the Ikos Resorts establishments. They highlighted in the meeting that they had polled their clients and the results were that they had money saved and an increased desire to travel.
“2021 has been difficult, but we have been able to save it once British tourism has been able to fly without restrictions. Let’s hope for a relatively good 2022 season. There is a very early booking and travel forecast, so we expect a good season, ”said Carlos Nieto, director of the Ikos complex in Estepona.
He admitted that there had been difficult moments in the pandemic and that it was originally thought recovery would come in 2023. He thinks now though he “can be more optimistic and say that recovery will be in 2022 if the pandemic respects us and we have a relatively normal winter.”
Following on from this, the director of Les Roches, Carlos Diez de la Lastra, pointed out that the results for 2021 are better than the expectations they had. “We look with different perspectives to 2022. Now we are more optimistic than six months ago,” he added. The director of the Los Monteros hotel, Fernando Al-Farkh , indicated that the forecasts for 2022 “are good” and point to recovery, but has urged administrations to agree on health matters so that travel between European countries can be sped up.
By 2022, there will be “doubts” in the occupation of January and February, but from March on, “it will rebound and it will be good.” “The forecasts are good,” added Jorge Manzur, the director of Anantara Villa Padierna.
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