Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotels will close AGAIN unless Brits return next month07/14/2021
HOTELS across Benidorm and Costa Blanca could be forced to close their doors again this summer unless British tourists return by next month.
Spain has started welcoming tourists from the UK in recent weeks, despite the majority of the country remaining on the amber list.
However, unless holiday bookings increase by next month, much of the Benidorm resort could be closed for another summer season.
Toni Mayor, president of the hotelier's association HOSBEC told local media: "If British tourists do not arrive in August, hotels are doomed to closure."
He added the rising cases in Spain have dampened hopes that tourists will return this summer, with both France and Germany advising against travel to the country.
If hotels do close, this could mean more expensive holidays for Brits in the future, as high demand will lead to surging prices.
Benidorm has been left a ghost town during the pandemic, with the majority of tourism usually coming from the UK.
DOOMED TO CLOSE
Nightclubs and bars have remained closed or with limited guests, while many businesses have closed altogether. A new curfew is also in place, meaning all nightlife must close at 12:30am.
Expat Tracy, from Maldon, Essex, said last month: “Bars and hotels are starting to open but we desperately need to be on Britain’s green travel list.
In a bid to encourage tourists, Spanish bar owners have promised the "best ever" summer for British holidaymakers, with £1.30 pints
There is hope for the return of British tourists, with new rules in place from July 19 which will let double-vaxxed holidaymakers skip the amber list quarantine – meaning Spain would have similar rules to green list countries.
Only the Balearic Islands, which includes Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, are on the green list, although it is feared they could also be moved back to the amber list just weeks after being added due to the rising cases.
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