Hotel occupancy Benidorm and Costa Blanca approaching 2019 levels

by Lorraine Williamson
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BENIDORM – The Valencia region ends September with an average hotel occupancy of almost 70% in most tourist destinations. However, Valencia leads the way with 71.5%. 

According to data from the tourism hotel organisation Hosbec, Benidorm registered 68.4% occupancy in September; Castellón, 68.6%, and Costa Blanca as a whole 67%. This is good news for the sector so badly hit by the corona pandemic.

Moreover, the hotel sector is eagerly looking forward to 4 October. That is the day when Brits who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to provide a negative test result before leaving Spain and only have to take an antigen test on the second day after arriving in the UK. 

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Remarkable increase

In Benidorm, “the gradual increase of the British market is remarkable. As such, it continues to grow compared to recent records and reaches 19.1%. This means that the British are the second largest group of tourists after the group of tourists coming from Spain itself (69.1%)”, according to a statement from Hosbec published in the newspaper Las Provincias. There are currently 97 Hosbec affiliated hotels open in Benidorm. That is 85.8% of the total. 

Pre-pandemic level approaching 

The month of September 2021 will close with an average occupancy of 67%, a positive result that is starting to approach the “pre-pandemic” records, when 77.7% of the hotel occupancy was reached in September 2019. These positive numbers are mainly due to the national tourist contribution which in September accounted for 73.5% of the total number of tourists in the region. 

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