The tourism sector of the Costa del Sol welcomes the low season with signs of some recovery and good prospects after passage of the region to risk level 0 by Covid-19, with the reception of international tourists and waiting for the long-awaited British market.
The The region’s hotel sector is thus considering a forecast of 40% occupancy for November, although “there is still no data on the closure of hotels given that, since they are last minute reservations, establishments are waiting for the behavior of demand to make decisions on whether to continue open or not.” While, for December the rate is expected to be 30%, as stated by the vice-president of the Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos), Javier Hernández.
Regarding the type of tourist who visits the Costa del Sol during this period, he pointed out that “we are currently perceiving a change in the trend in origin since the middle of September”, with a “65% international and 35% national”, being originally the first group of “European markets and United Kingdom”. The lawsuit revolves around “cultural motivations, meeting tourism, sports, active and some recovery of the congress activity“, as well as “establishments that offer guarantees regarding hygienic sanitary measures regarding Covid-19 ”.
“We are happy not only with current levels of vaccination rates and low contagion, but certainly concerned about the situation of the variants that are emerging in the United Kingdom and the levels of death in some Eastern European countries and Russia, ”Hernández pointed out regarding the passage of level 0 of the Costa del Sol, who has assured that at the moment “there is no normality, or at least, it is not the same pre-pandemic situation ”. In this sense, it has abounded in that in hotels “for precaution and control” measures relating to the “use of masks and safety distances” are being applied.
Thus, it has valued that “the year-end forecasts are to end 2021 with between 36% and 40% below of the income levels that were generated in 2019 in the hotel sector ”, which is why he highlighted that“ the total recovery to the levels of 2019 is not expected for the moment in 2022 ”. At this point, you have estimated that “Recovery could come under normal conditions by the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024”.
The president of the Andalusian Federation of Beach Entrepreneurs, Manuel Villafaina, has declared regarding the medium-term forecasts that “after a year and a half without working any date will be good”, highlighting that “they will be good, especially so that we can keep our templates and keep working throughout the winter ”.
The arrival of international tourists improves the prospects for beach hoteliers, who are waiting “for can give the English the final departure in the month of November“And that” it is an explosion of English to the coast and we can have a good winter “as it is a market that has not yet recovered, he indicated.
The passage of the region to level 0 and the end of the restrictions is “phenomenal news after such a long time ”, pointed out the businessman, who has opined that“ he should have arrived earlier ”, since he pointed out that chiringuitos “we are not a risk zone because on the beaches you are outdoors, but we continue to maintain our distances ”as there is less tourism than in summer.
“We have returned to normality, which for us is very importantWhat happens is that he has come a bit late, “stressed the hotelier, stating that the end of the restrictions” will help to recover “the sector. “It is very important to to be able to specify again with groups of more than 10 and 30 people and that these groups can come to our establishments ”, he stressed.
Villafaina has celebrated that “You already have the possibility of the capacity, and above all that families of more than 6, 8 or 10 people can all sit together “, as he stressed that the move will help project an image of a safe destination.
Asked if there are signs of recovery, he indicated that “we are sure that he will recover slowly, but he will recover “, highlighting the “exceptional climate ”of the Costa del Sol in October with “27 or 28 degrees” and Mediterranean cuisine.
For his part, the president of the Provincial Association of Companies and Leisure Centers on the Costa del Sol (APECO), Josse Yagüe, highlighted the good forecasts for the low season, noting that “we come from a very bad time, with billing very ridiculous and suffering hardships, but with national tourism, summer has been quite lively and winter to From September or the beginning of October, international tourism has started to come alive, which is what saves us in the tourism and leisure experiences sector ”. Thus, he has pointed out that forecasts “are good and we expect next year as a normal year, shooting good compared to 2019 if things don’t get screwed up ”.
The passage of the Costa del Sol to level 0 due to the risk of Covid-19 “is good news“That the sector of tourist leisure companies has welcomed” well “, although it has qualified the importance of that “countries of origin” present similar levels of contagion, since “as of September 15 our tourism is international.”
“Anything steps towards normality are welcomed, with steps forward, which is where we have to be, “said Yagüe, who has opined that” if a tragedy does not occur or a variant out of the ordinary comes out, everything indicates that 2022 is going to be a more or less normal year ”.
As indicated, “right now there is international tourism” on the Costa del Sol, which demands what “the meteorological weather forces” What “experiences, shows, guided visits, etc “ at a time when “there may be sun and beach, but in which the offer of tourist experiences is more valuable”.
The business representative recalled that traditionally the region depends on British tourism, which under normal conditions represents “more than 60% of the international market”, which “is a problem that is being analyzed at a multisectoral and provincial level”, a segment of which he has highlighted that “It is beginning to come and it seems that it begins to recover” along with the “Nordic”.
Finally, it has regretted that the National Government has not included in the General State Budgets for 2022 a game to develop the coastal train from Fuengirola to Marbella, so it has revealed the “dissatisfaction” of the companies.
The president of the Professional Association of Official Tour Guides and Interpreters of Andalusian Historical Artistic Heritage (APIT) in Malaga, Sergio Garrido, has assured that “programmed circuits have re-emerged“, Although” they are not the numbers for 2019 “, but he stressed that” work has returned well to cruises, with an average of 29 or 30 stopping at the port of Malaga in October “. For this reason, it has estimated that “the year 2022 will be the beginning of the recovery ”.
Regarding the step to level 0 risk for covid-19 on the Costa del Sol, Garrido has valued that it is “very positive”And hopes to“ continue to maintain security measures ”in the sector with“ antigen test ”and“ mask ”. In addition, in visits “an audio guide without earpiece will continue to be used to maintain distance”.
In this way, normality in the world of tour guides it is reflected in that the visits “There may be 30 people per group in helmets declared as Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) ”, ensuring that if this amount is exceeded, a second guide is hired, as well as in the tourist buses “there may already be 50 people.”
Garrido has shown himself like this optimistic about the resurgence of the tourism and travel sector, pointing out that “the world of guides has suffered a lot for a year and a half”, a period in which he has assured that “professionals have not been able to work and there have only been individuals and small groups”.
“Yes, the recovery is noticeable and a future is seen with optimism “, said the representative of the sector, who has opted for “Implement excellence in the destination” as there is “a lot of competition in other countries”.
Regarding the low season, it has indicated that “until the end of October and part of November the cruise sector is well visible“, As well as has ensured that”there are many reservations for December ”and “70% of those that were made 2 years ago returning progressively”.