Benidorm Hotel closures


Benidorm tourism chiefs say 65% of its hotels could be shut by the end of September as British tourists are unlikely to visit in their majorities – the resort may take a financial hit until a coronavirus vaccine is found.

With British holidaymakers limiting their travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly all hotels in Benidorm could remain closed until the end of the year.

Tourism chiefs reveal only 15 hotels could stay open by the end of September, reports The Sun.

The resort, which relies on Brits, will shut nearly 65% of the total operating hotels shut by the end of the month.

By next month it has been predicted by regional hotel association Hosbec president Toni Mayor only 10 to 15 of the 140 hotels will remain open.

Mr Mayor said: “In autumn and winter we rely on international tourism and elderly holidaymakers who are an at-risk group and are more afraid.

“If there’s no family tourism because the schools are starting again, there’s not much margin when it comes to keeping hotels open.

“I’m not saying some won’t stay open, but it will only be around 10 to 15.”

This also comes as the Spanish government suspends its sponsored holiday scheme for pensioners, where resident OAPs could enjoy cheaper holidays in the country from October to June.

According to Hosbec, the resort will take a financial hit until a coronavirus vaccine is available. This week it was revealed Benidorm has lifted lockdown restrictions that forced people, including tourists, to reserve a space in order to use local beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain introduced the restrictions in order to avoid crowds on the sand and avoid an increase of infections along the east coast.

Travellers had limited use of the beaches but could make reservations online or in-person for a space on the sand.

The Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, said the decision to lift beach restrictions was made due to a decrease of visitors in the month of August.

He said the high season has already come to an end and the country is unlikely to see a further influx of vacationers, with more space free on the beaches.

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