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Holidays in Benidorm

Request for tourists with Prior reservations to still spend their Holidays in Benidorm

27th January 2021.  Holidays in Benidorm - Request for tourists with Prior reservations to holiday in Benidorm - Hosbec asks Puig to allow tourists with prior reservation to go to Benidorm as Hoteliers warn Consell that new restrictions in place will ruin Valentines weekend in the already ruinous off-season.

The new twist that the tourism sector has suffered this week with the perimeter closure of the municipalities of more than 50,000 inhabitants from three o'clock on Friday afternoon until six a.m. the following Monday , has ignited the spirits of the hoteliers of the Costa Blanca, who in less than a week have seen how the Consell allowed them to remain open after closing the hospitality, but yesterday, suddenly, it has put them back on the ropes.

The publication in the Official Journal of the Generalitat of the order regulating the perimeter closure has led to an avalanche of cancellations – the few that occur this week – and also leaves in the air, the weekend of February 14th, which is generally a key weekend in the low season.

Hosbec, yesterday sent a letter to the Autonomous Secretariat of Tourism to intercede with Ximo Puig and allow tourists with prior reservation to stay in the hotels, in those cities that close on Friday, among other Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja and Elche. 

Nuria Montes, General Secretary of Hosbec, stresses that "once again there is a countersent. The hotels are safe and therefore have allowed us to stay open, and now they close Benidorm on weekends." The perimeter closure also allows, as Montes recalled that "a neighbour of Mutxamel can go to Morella on Friday, but one from Alicante one from Valencia cannot come to Benidorm, where the level of reservations is minimal and we have shown that we are safe".

Holidays in Benidorm

Photo - A couple of tourists stroll on Benidorm's Levante beach, empty of tourists this winter by David REVENGA

José María Caballé, president of the Servigroup chain, which keeps the Diplomatic open, one of the few operating hotels this winter, criticizes that "they do not take us into account at all. Both would have cost to delay, for example, from 15 hours to 18 hours the closing on weekends so that the few customers left of the Valencian Community the same could reach the hotels. I don't understand, when we've shown that we're safe and we've imposed measures ourselves to reduce capacity. Little help is being offered to the sector, when you then see, for example, the markets full. The image we give is certainly not the best." Caballé shows, on the other hand, his skepticism at the beginning of recovery. "They tell us we're going to be almost vaccinated this year and then there aren't enough doses." One more setback for the hotel sector at a delicate time when many entrepreneurs are already beginning to think that Easter may be lost, despite a captive and eager demand to travel, as evidenced by Benidorm hotels that already have reservations for next summer and even by 2022. It's all going to depend on the evolution of vaccination, now in a pothole.

On the other hand, the Secretary of State for Tourism has opened up a new controversy in the tourist sector or, to which real and direct government aid has not yet arrived, ensuring in the midst of the covid pandemic that tourism must be releasing ballast of its dependence on the sun and the beach, and the massification. And it does so after presenting the results of a survey conducted last October to 17,000 tourists, in which they asked for a greater variety of offer, less mastified destinations and more natural and cultural routes. Secretary of State Fernando Valdés believes it necessary "to diversify the offer and create a product that improves the quality of the destination and the added value of the stay". The study argues that the main cause of dissatisfaction of European tourists is masification (24%). The eight most popular sun and beach tourism destinations, including Benidorm, account for only 0.92% of the Spanish population, and 11 million foreigners last year.

"I can agree and I am the first to defend it, that our model should not be based only on offering beach and accommodation. Of course not, but from there to belittle the sun and the beach there is a very long road. On the Costa Blanca, in Marina Baixa itself there are municipalities where things have been done well and it shows. In Benidorm we fell asleep. As we do not have, we do not have a quality commercial area as there was and in recent years we have been more news by drunkenness than by our product, which in general is good but must be complemented with quality and complementary offer. We have been listening to it for years but it is done well recently," says José María Caballé, the main hotelier in the Valencian Community yesterday.

And all in a context marked by hotel closures. On the Costa Blanca, 25% of the establishments that closed last March because of the general confinement decreed in Spain and the closure of the border has not reopened one day in the last ten months. Yesterday was another bleak day at the airport with only 12 scheduled flights (six arrivals and six departures) and all between 8 a.m. and 5.40pm, so the terminal was empty all afternoon. There were connections to Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. None with the United Kingdom and also with Belgium, with the latter country for the first time in months.

Please note this article about Holidays in Benidorm has been translated from Spanish to English so some detail may be lost in this translation, read the original article here in Diarioinformacion

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