Benidorm tourist numbers soar as Britons head to Spain to escape Brexit troubles


Spain holidays to Benidorm have regained popularity among British holidaymakers, it has been revealed. Figures show that Britons are keen to escape Brexit woes and jet off to Benidorm ahead of the UK’s divorce from the EU to avoid any potential travel complications. In February, the hoteliers’ association Hosbec today reported a 15 per cent drop in British tourists. Authorities cited concerns over a no deal Brexit as the main reason for the decline in popularity. 

It noted the number of holiday packages sold to Britons in January amounted to 46,000 in 2019, compared to 54,000 just 12 months before.

Benidorm’s tourism leaders described the 16 per cent drop in bookings as “particularly worrying,” according to The Sun online.

However, this decrease in British visitors appears to be reversing, according to the latest news from Hosbec.

Hotels in Benidorm have enjoyed a greater average occupancy this year, ending March with 82.7 per cent occupancy, compared with 80.6 per cent this time last year.

Looking at the second fortnight of March in 2019, compared with 2018, hotel occupation is up by 1.7 per cent from 81.7 per cent to 83.4 per cent.

“This oscillation of the sales behaviour of the British market undoubtedly reflects the uncertainty that the country is experiencing before the Brexit,” said Hosbec.

Benidorm is most popular with Spanish tourists, who make up 46.7 per cent of the total number.

But in second place are Britons – 42.7 per cent of Benidorm tourists come from the UK.

In third place were Belgian holidaymakers, followed by tourists from the Netherlands, Ireland and France.

Three star hotels have proved most popular in Benidorm, reaching 85.4 per cent occupancy.

The president of Hosbec said the data “surely reflects the fatigue of the British population itself in the face of the uncertainty of Brexit.

“Bored of not finding an end to the situation created, they have rebooked destinations in the area of the European Union, among which Benidorm is one of its favourites.

“We hope that this tendency, especially stabilisation, will be maintained in the next fortnight and the level of sales for the summer season will be recovered.”

The boom also looks good for Easter. Forecasts for Benidorm suggest occupancy will reach 90 per cent, with last minute reservations awaiting the weather forecast.

If good, hotels could be 95 per cent full and some establishments could be sold out.

Holidays to the European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit will not require a visa for Britons, the European Parliament has ruled today. MEPS voted in favour of the concession 502 votes to 81. 

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot


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