Gap between British and Spanish tourism narrowing

BENIDORM: British tourist numbers showing first signs of decline. Photo credit: Pixabay

AFTER months of falling numbers, the numbers of Spanish people staying in Benidorm have shown a rise at the start of October.

At the same time, the numbers of British tourists has suffered a slight decrease during the first 15 days of the month and now account for the same number of overnight stays as the Spanish.

These figures were made public by Hosbec – the hotel management group – following their bi-monthly report called Big Data Hosbec.

Overall hotel occupancy in Benidorm for the first fortnight of October was 92.5 per cent and only 0.9 per cent lower than the same period in 2016, but it’s been acknowledged that this period includes the two holidays on October 9 and 12.

Despite the increase in Spanish tourism to Benidorm for that period, there is a 7 per cent drop for the year as a whole with 300,000 fewer overnight stays than last year.  Hosbec are warning that these small movements in the amount of British tourism are small signs that their dominance is about to end.

Their president said: “With this growth in the number of Spaniards we are looking at ways to encourage them to make Benidorm one of their favourite destinations in the same way we did with the British a few years ago.”

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