Tourism in Spain is booming and it is not only hotels, apartments and villas that have been full this summer. ‘Chiringuito’ beach restaurants are reaping the benefits from the extra footfall as people are also spending more.
“There are more visitors and they are consuming more this year. We believe our turnover will have increased between five and six per cent in July compared with last year, and that was already a fantastic month in 2015,” said Manuel Villafaina, the president of the beach business association.
And with July being a success he is in no doubt that August will live up to being the busiest month of the year for accommodation bookings. “We are absolutely full in the first half of the month. We have had people, families of four or five, ringing us up to see if we can help because they can’t find anywhere to stay,”
The Costa del Sol is expected to see hotel occupancy rates average 95% this month.
“Our occupancy levels are very good, but there are still vacancies,” says José Carlos Escribano, CEO of the ML hotel chain. However the hotel group’s three establishments in Fuengirola are expected to exceed 90% occupancy this month.
Hotel chain MS Hoteles, which has five establishments on the Costa del Sol, saw occupancy levels reach 90% in July and Miguel Sánchez, president of the group, is expecting occupancy levels in August to be even higher.
“We are working with volumes of visitors and business which are similar to those before the crisis. We have excellent occupancy levels for this month, even though the Spanish market is a bit slow,” Sánchez said.
Tags: Foreign Tourists in Spain, Tourism Spain, Tourist Spending in Spain