FIGURES released by Calpe’s Department of Tourism earlier this week show the city experienced a six per cent occupancy increase this summer in comparison to last summer.
The study found that hotel occupancy in July rose from 85.09 per cent in 2016 to 87.6 per cent in 2017 and in August, from 92.91 per cent in 2016 to 94.91 per cent in 2017.
As for apartment rentals, 22,567 visitors were registered in July – 22 per cent more than 2016 and 21,221 visitors were registered in August, 9 per cent more than 2017.
The city puts the increase down to the opening of the new Suitopia – Sol y Mar Suites Hotel and the regularisation of apartment rentals – the number of apartment rentals growing 122 per cent in July and 171 per cent in August.
Jan Van Parijs, who heads up the Department of Tourism, said that the increase “is very positive for Calpe’s economy as it supposes hundreds more jobs each month.”
On the other hand, visits to the tourist office dropped by 17 per cent in July and by 29 per cent in August, attributed to the high numbers of returning tourists who already know their way around the city and the greater use of smart technology.
96 per cent of the tourists who visited the tourist office intend on returning to Calpe and 81 per cent of them rated the city 9 or 10 out of 10.