NATIONAL tourism becomes vital for the high season on the Costa del sol for another year, in a summer still marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and mobility restrictions, tourism companies therefore expect this to make up for the absence of British visitors.
Welcoming domestic visitors and promoting this market and others are presented as alternatives to the traditional Costa del Sol model, which is largely focused on the British traveler, and which suffers from the limitations imposed by the United Kingdom on its population such as as the extension of the end of restrictions until July 19. The hotel sector has stressed that “the role that national or domestic tourism will play during this peak season will be vital to recover the occupancy rates of many establishments and that they should, at least in part, mitigate the impact that the UK market has in our hotels, ”according to the Executive Vice President of the Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos), Javier Hernandez.
The hotelier stressed that national tourism “represents almost 45 or 50% of overnight stays in the Costa del Sol destination”, therefore the group understands that “the increase in demand due to the fear of traveling to international destinations will lead to considerable increases “. this summer ”, adding that it“ is very close to the dates of the trip, so forecasts cannot be estimated over a period longer than 2 or 3 weeks ”. Regarding the origin of Spanish visitors who spend the night in hotels in the region, Hernandez underlined that “mainly from Andalusia, Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Castilla la Mancha”, with tourists of the Andalusian community representing “35% of the national”. Regarding the demand of national customers in the destination, the executive vice-president of Aehcos highlighted “the sun and beach activities, gastronomy, the culture of museums and monuments , the sports.
As reported by Malaga Hoy, for his part, the president of the Provincial Association of Businesses and Leisure Centers of the Costa del Sol (APECO), Josse Yagüe, stressed that the national market will be “very important” for the sector this summer, which ” will be able to fill the gaps that British tourism will leave because many Spaniards will not go abroad ”. He pointed out that they usually visit leisure parks and tourist companies visiting Andalusia, mainly from the eastern area, Madrid and the rest of Spain in descending order, although he noticed that this market ” will not be enough “because of the dependence of the western region of Malaga on visitors from the UK, who “in normal years represent 30% of total visits” and “more than half of foreign visitors”.