The Boris Johnson government has spoken this week: Spain remains in “amber” within the British traffic light that marks the safe destinations to travel. Some restrictions for travelers that have begun to have their first consequences such as endangering the hotels reopening that they planned to restart their activity at the end of June or the beginning of July. Because not knowing when mobility between the two countries will open has made many Benidorm accommodations put on the table to delay the date on which they planned to open their doors after months closed.
The British market is essential on the Costa Blanca and Benidorm. The hotel sector has weeks pending that traffic light that the British Executive has put as an indicator of safe destinations. In the latest review, Spain has been left out of the “green” and the hopes of the sector have been touched. As confirmed by the hotel management organization Hosbec to this newspaper, the key moment will be next week when “many businessmen make decisions about delaying the reopening”, especially those who had it scheduled for the end of June or the beginning of July, waiting for the arrival of tourism British. Thus, the same sources pointed out that «If the British market can finally travel in June, it will be 100% open in summer of the hotel plant “; if not, “between 30 and 40% of the accommodations will remain closed in summer” among its associates. A situation similar to that of last summer in the midst of a pandemic.
The situation worries the tourism sector as a whole and some sources consulted are blunt: “not many can remain closed after 16 months, they are obliged to open” but with “zero aid or zero support” and criticized that, for example, the Consell has granted aid worth more than 6 million to the Ciutat de Les Arts to “rinse” debts and the hotel industry as a whole has not had anything similar when it has losses of 1,200 million euros.
The new announcement of the government of Boris Johnson has also started to move the market: British tour operators scheduled to start in June they have delayed the return to July and “surely the few reservations that there were for this month and the next will begin to be canceled.” However, the hotel sector pointed out that the decision of the British government “we do not like, but the health situation is what it is” and pointed to the importance of vaccination to be able to return to normality as soon as possible.
The month of June starts with 56% of the hotel plant open
Benidorm and the Costa Blanca have 82 operational accommodations and 17,800 hotel beds available
The month of June has arrived and, with it, the almost start of the summer season. Benidorm and the Costa Blanca start their period with only 56% of the accommodations associated with the Hosbec hotel association open and 17,800 hotel beds available. Many have chosen June 1 or this weekend to reopen after months closed. As is the case with the Bristol hotel, in the heart of Benidorm, which only stayed open for two months last summer after comprehensive renovation works. Its director, Gabriel Santiago, indicated that “it was difficult for us to make the decision” because the prospects a month ago were not very good. Still “the reserves are moving” and hope it will be a good summer after the past that was “complicated.” If the situation improves, “maybe we will not close even in winter”, but everything is in the air.
Like them, many hotels in Benidorm have opened this week or are preparing for it. The pace in some has been frantic to set up the facilities with all the sanitary measures. This Friday, some establishments thoroughly cleaned their spaces for the arrival of tourists, such as the Port Vista Oro hotel, owned by the president of Hosbec, Toni Mayor: “we are ready to open with all sanitary measures.” Others, involved since before the pandemic in a comprehensive reform, have had to change part of their projects to adapt to the new regulations and prepare their reopening as soon as possible. All with the desire to have a normal activity as soon as possible.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.