Spain warning: Costa del Sol and Benidorm remain ‘empty’ as hotels look set to close

Spain was removed from the UK’s travel corridor list at the end of July. This means that anyone returning from Spain to the UK faces 14 days in quarantine. The move devastated British holidaymakers and Spain’s tourism sector which relies heavily on the presence of Britons in the summer months.

Spain has currently recorded 426,818 cases of coronavirus and 28,971 deaths at the time of writing.

The country’s seven-day case rate has now hit 103 cases per 100,000 people in the country.

A lack of tourism has meant that some of Spain’s more touristic regions have remained empty.

Luis Callejón, president of Costa del Sol hotel association AEHCOS, told The Daily Telegraph that popular holiday spot in southern Spain, the Costa del Sol, is “empty”.

He said: “The Costa del Sol is practically empty.

“International visitors make up 70 percent of our tourism.

“The biggest market is Britain and quarantine has removed the central pillar of our industry.”

He added: “It’s not the end of an era, but we do need to change the model, the services offered, how we sell, look at converting part of the big 500-room hotels into serviced apartments.

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“Right now though we are focused on how to save the furniture.

“After this summer, at least one in four hotels on the Costa del Sol will never open again.”

Benidorm hotels have seen an 85 percent collapse in overnight stays, according to Olive Press.

Hosbec hoteliers association released figures which showed that just over 192,000 overnight stays took place in July.

The Costa Blanca reportedly recorded a fall of 75 percent in overnight occupancy.

José María Caballé, the president of Servigroup, Bendidorm’s biggest hotelier, told The Times that Benidorm hotels can’t continue to work with low prices.

He said: “Benidorm has reached a point where it has to change because the costs are going up and hotels can’t work with such low prices.”

He added: “The pandemic has been like a decisive punch to a boxer already on the ropes.

“The popular market will never return to the same level and when the market recovers there will be demand for more quality.”

Twitter users currently in Spain have also posted online about how empty the region is.

One user said: “Currently, sat in Benidorm (guilty pleasure) I live close by and it’s empty thanks to the casedemic here.”

Another said: “When I was in Benidorm, it felt empty. As in so many places around the world – there’s space where there used to be crowds.”

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