Spain’s holiday hotspots facing wiped-out September as Canaries battle to save winter season
Spain’s holiday hotspots are facing a wipe-out September as Brits continue to face the UK government’s 14-day quarantine rule on their return.
The Costa del Sol says only a QUARTER of hotels will open and hoteliers in Ibiza fear just one in ten bed spaces will be available because of mass closures.
The Canary Islands, which include Tenerife and Lanzarote, have echoed the outlook for September but are fighting to save the winter season which begins in October.On the Costa del Sol, the resort’s hotel business association, Aehcos says it is much more pessimistic than in August when it forecasted that half of it establishments would remain open for the autumn.
The group has revised its figures and predicts only 23 per cent of hotels along the popular coastline will be taking reservations.Occupancy during August of those hotels which were open was just 45.32%. AEHCOS has 88,500 places, of which only slightly more than 67,000 remained open in the most important month of the year for the tourism industry on the Costa del Sol.”Another worrying data is that of this 45.32%, only 23% have been foreigners, which augurs a September that will be chaotic,” the association has warned.”The current forecast of those who have already informed us that they intend to remain open today in the month of September is 23% of the total number of associated establishments. Logically this forecast may be modified as events unfold.”Ibiza’s hotel federation, Fehif foresees a September of little activity, with between ten and 12 per cent of the hotel plant open and “very modest” forecasts.Hotel occupancy in Ibiza and Formentera registered in July was 37 per cent, 58.4 per cent lower than that recorded during the same period of 2019.Tourism leaders say October might not be any better, depending on the level of coronavirus outbreaks and any lifting of the quarantine by the UK government which, at this stage, seems very unlikely.Hoteliers in the Canaries are urging the regional government to prepare a shock plan to save tourism, saying that without holidaymakers, particularly the Brits, the islands “have no future.”In Tenerife, only 25 per cent of the hotels are currently open and if Germany decides in the next few days to advise against travel to the Canaries, there would be “zero tourists” again.Hoteliers fear that unemployment could hit 40 per cent this winter if tourism doesn’t take off again in October.Efforts are now being made to attract new markets without quarantine rules, including tourists from Scandinavia which could bring up to 179,000 visitors.President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres said they hoped to reverse the data of coronavirus infections during the month of September in order to save the winter tourist season.”The Canary Islands have great possibilities but we have a few key weeks in September to reverse the situation,” he said.