BENIDORM has started August with another fall in hotel occupancy and the weather, both in the UK and Spain, and less flight availability are being blamed.
The visitor numbers for the first two weeks of the month saw the occupancy rate drop below 90 per cent – a level not seen since 2012.
A spokesperson for Hosbec, the Asociación Empresarial Hotelera de Benidorm y la Costa Blanca confirmed, “Hotel occupancy maintains the downward trend and the figures are the worst in recent years.
Brits recorded just 192,000 overnight stays during the first two weeks of August – down 10 per cent on the same period in 2017.
“We must go back to 2012 and to the harshest years of the economic crisis (2008-2010) to find hotel occupancy data below 90 per cent on average in Benidorm.”
Hosbec describes the British market as in “free fall”.
But the association’s president, Toni Mayor said he was confident hotel occupancy could still recover in August, despite the recent bad weather which was “not helping”.
Hosbec blames fewer flights from the UK to the Costa Blanca which has resulted in ticket prices going up by between four and 11 per cent.
They claim that as a result there have been 10,000 fewer people coming into the resort.
But while there has been a decline in the number of Brits visiting the Costa Blanca hotspot, there are now more Spanish visitors to the resort who recorded 276,000 overnight stays in the fortnight.
Visitor numbers from Portugal and France have also recorded increases.