Spanish hotelier association Hosbec has reported an “unthinkable” Easter season after capacity at hotels plummeted over the usually busy period. In the Costa Blanca, of the 30 percent of hotels that opened their doors, just 67 percent of rooms were occupied.
Though the figures were higher than the year previous, when the initial State of Alarm was imposed in the early days of the pandemic, hoteliers are now calling on the Spanish government for a fresh support package.
A Hosbec spokesperson said: “These figures would have been unthinkable a few months ago and especially for this time of the year.
“Restrictions including the border closure is continuing to have a serious impact on all tourist-related activities.”
The regional hotel sector has since demanded a €300million support package from the Valencian government.
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Further north, in Benidorm, only 14 hotels opened their doors for the long weekend.
The 14 hotels represented just 12 percent of Benidorm’s total and virtually all of the rooms, at 96 percent, were occupied by national travellers from the Valencia community due to the perimeter closures…