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Malaga hotels record 16% growth in August

According to the latest Hotel Situation Report produced by the National Institute of Statistics in Spain (INE), the hotel sector in Malaga had “the best August in history”, showing stellar growth of 16% in the number of guests staying in the hotels of the city.

The hotels in Malaga registered a total of 105,226 guests in August. This is 15.98% more guests than in August 2011. These guests recorded a total of 230,952 overnight stays, which translates into an increase of 6.53% when compared with the same month last year.

This growth now places hotels the hotels in Malaga ahead of the hotels in many of the main cities in Spain like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville,Valencia, Cordoba, Zaragoza and Granada.

In addition to these positive overall guest numbers, the occupancy rate in Malaga during the month of August also reached 82.23%, with an average stay of 2.19 days. According to Damian Caneda, the local councilor for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Malaga was the city destination which experienced the highest growth in Spain during August. Caneda reports that this was due to “the excellent performance of international markets”.  In all, some 55,465 foreign tourists stayed in the hotels of Malaga with some 122,499 overnight stays. The national market however was “more moderate” due to “the current difficult ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

Positive start to year for hotels in Malaga

The hotels in Malaga have recorded an encouraging increase of more than 84,000 visitors and 237,000 overnight stays during the first four months of the year when compared to the same period last year. April delivered particularly good results due to the Easter holidays in Spain falling in this month this year. This improvement means that Malaga is now entering the high summer season having recorded a rise of 8.2 percent in the number of tourists visiting the area and a rise of 6.5 percent in the number of hotel stays. These numbers have filled those involved in the hotel sector in Malaga with optimism.

The Minister of Tourism, Trade and Sport of the Andalusian government, Luciano Alonso, recently highlighted this positive trend in the hotel sector in Malaga and went on to state that this was reflected in a wider increase in overnight stays of more than 6 percent in the whole of Andalusia during the first quarter of the year and 11 percent in the month of April. These figures, released by the National Statistics Institute in Spain (INE), in the opinion of Mr Alonso point to a clear “recovery of the hotel sector” and are a harbinger of “good prospects for the high season”.

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Accor opens new Suite Novotel in Malaga

The Suite Novotel brand which belongs to Accor hotels has just arrived in Spain with the opening of a new hotel right in the centre of Malaga and the aim of the group is to continue growing into other cities in Spain. “We already have a project confirmed in Madrid which will have 126 suites, which we hope to start building later this year or in early 2012,” stated José María Musquera, Operations Manager of Novotel, Novotel Suite and Mercure in Spain.

This latest Accor hotel in Malaga opened at the end of March and has 90 suites which is ideal accommodation for both business guests and families for medium and long-term stays. According to Mr Musquera, Malaga was chosen “because of the location of the site and because Malaga is a city which attracts an international clientele, especially French people, who are already very familiar with our hotels”.

The company promotes Suite Novotel as “the only urban hotel containing only suites”, and has a network of 28 of these hotels, primarily in Europe, although there is a Novotel Suite in Marrakesh and one in Dubai. Their goal is to reach 100 hotels in 30 countries by 2015.

The hotel chain stated that they “expect to open Novotel Suite hotels ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

Malaga adds more good news to hotel sector in Spain

Just before the start of the first high season period of the year the tourism sector in Spain has received yet another boost. Easter normally lifts occupancy levels in the hotels in Malaga but this year they have already received some 53 percent more bookings than recorded at this time last year.

This is one among a number of clear signs of recovery in the tourist market in Spain reported recently by hotelsspain.co.uk and now most of the hotels in Malaga are reporting that they expect to easily exceed the levels reached in 2010 when occupancy rates reached 72 percent. The signs of recovery are being felt even more strongly in the hotels in Malaga city centre than in the outlying province, with most of the establishments being almost fully booked on the eve of the start of the Easter holiday period in Spain.

The president of the Association of Hoteliers in the Costa del Sol (Aehcos), José Carlos Escribano, stated that the general feeling in the hotel sector is that Easter this year will be significantly better than last year. “The fact that Easter this year is so late is a better guarantee that we will have good weather and it makes people more eager to come ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

New holiday apartment complex in Malaga

The group Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, one of Europe’s leading holiday apartment and resort companies, continues to show its commitment to Spain with the incorporation of the new Maeva Torremolinos Stella Polaris, an apartment complex located in Torremolinos, the top destination along the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. This is the sixth resort in Andalusia managed by the group, which is also present in other autonomous regions of Spain like Catalonia and Valencia where they recently opened the Maeva Benidorm.

The renovation of the Maeva Torremolinos Stella Polaris has just finished making it the newest resort in the area, located in a prime location overlooking the sea and only 100 metres from the beach.

David Uriarte, Director General of Tourism of the Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group in Spain stated: “Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs continues to strengthen its presence on the coast of Spain thanks to our innovative holiday concept, based on the philosophy of offering more spacious apartments and making our guests feel at home in their chosen holiday destination. This has allowed us to successfully pursue a process of strong growth in Spain”.

Located in the heart of the city of this one-time fishing village, Maeva Torremolinos Stella Polaris offers magnificent ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

Malaga second most popular tourism destination in Spain

Malaga ended 2010 near the top of the hotel occupancy tables in Spain and it also became the second most popular city in Spain after Barcelona for cultural getaways and as a ‘city break’ destination.

The Councillor for Tourism and Sport for Malaga, Elias Bendodo, after analysing the data from last year, stated that tourism is not in crisis in the city but the crisis does have an impact on the tourist industry in Malaga. During last year a total of 853,481 guests stayed in hotels in Malaga, representing an increase of 14.35% over 2009 and 8.9% over 2008, which was the best year ever for tourism in Malaga. The average stay has also increased and it is now 1.85 days, which Bendodo credited to the cultural offering and museums in the city of Malaga.

Although the hotels in Malaga have a regular number visitors throughout the whole year it was during the months of July, August and September when there was a marked increase in the amount of guests who stayed overnight in the hotels of this part of Spain. Bendodo stated that “We were the number one destination in Andalusia for cultural getaways in 2010 and second only to Barcelona at national level in all of Spain”.

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The Villa Padierna best spa hotel in Spain

The Thermae Spa in the Hotel Villa Padierna has been voted the best spa hotel in Spain by readers of Spa World magazine. The awards run by the magazine consist of seven categories including ‘Best Spa in a Hotel’, and this is where the Thermae Spa Hotel Villa Padierna picked up first prize. The Spa in the Villa Padierna faced some stiff competition from other spas in very prestigious hotels in Spain such as the Six Senses Spa in the hotel Arts Barcelona, the Mandarin Oriental SPS, the Bliss Spa in the W hotel, the ESPA in the Grand Hotel Bahía del Duque and Pure SPA in the hotel Hilton SPA Tower.

Among the criteria taken into account when giving the award to the spa of the five star Villa Padierna, where first lady Michelle Obama stayed during her trip to Spain in August, were that it is a place of total rest where one can regenerate both body and mind in luxurious surroundings. The existence of certain specialized treatments, the qualifications of the staff and their spirit of originality and the desire for constant innovation were also important factors that led to the hotel gaining the award.

Maria Auxiliadora Velazquez, manager of the Spa, stated that she takes great ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

Accor opens first low cost hotel in Malaga

Accor hotels has opened its first low cost hotel in Malaga offering a new concept in accommodation in Spain. The hotel is right in the centre of the city and has 125 rooms with rates starting at just 39€ per night.

The chain now has four hotels in Malaga: a four-star Novotel, two Ibis hotels and this new Etap hotel, a new concept in accommodation that “does not belong to any star system”. In addition, Accor hotels also have plans to open the first Suite Novotel in Spain in the city.

Although the new hotel has only been given one star by the Andalusian government the hotel chain maintains that it cannot be evaluated along traditional lines and should not be associated with hostel-type accommodation. In fact, it represents a concept increasingly widespread among hotels in Spain, with a minimalist design that is already popular in other cities in Spain such as Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Bilbao and Gerona.

This hotel is aimed mainly at international guests who are already aware of this type of establishment. In fact, there are already over 380 Etap hotels spread across countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Holland and Switzerland.

The Etap Malaga hotel offers customers Internet access via wifi in the rooms and ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

Hotels in Malaga report strong growth in July

Hotels in the city of Malaga in Spain reported an increase of over 23 percent in the number of overnight stays in July when compared with the same month last year. During the seventh month of the year Malaga hotels received a total of 94,521 guests becoming the city in Spain that recorded the single largest percentage increase in the number of guests. The average length of a stay in the hotels of Malaga during July was 1.83 days and the occupancy rate of 67.64 percent was the highest rate experienced in any month in Malaga so far this year.

The majority of the guests who stayed in the hotels in Malaga during the month of July came from other parts of Spain. A total of 51,334 guests were recorded who registered as living in other parts of Spain and this accounted for 54.31 percent of the total. On the other hand, foreign tourists in July accounted for 45.69 percent of the total and meant that 43,187 guests stayed in the hotels in Malaga who were not from Spain.

The United Kingdom, once again, was the main source of guests who stayed in the city that were not native to Spain. A total of 5,663 people came to Malaga from ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels

Malaga hotels to increase occupancy rates

Occupation rates among Malaga hotels are projected to increase in August by some 5% in the region as a whole and by some 7% in the city centre itself. That’s according to the Hoteliers Association of the Costa del Sol (AEHCOS), based in Torremolinos southern Spain. Although occupation rates during the month of July increased in the whole region of Malaga by around five percent, AEHCOS maintains this will not be the year for a complete recovery in the tourism sector in this part of Spain.

In the first half of 2010 there were negative growth rates in the hotel sector in Malaga. According to the president of AEHCOS, José Carlos Escribano, the domestic market in Spain remains the “lifeline” of the hotels in the Malaga region, but he also stated that during July there was an increase in the number of foreign tourists coming back.

The disruption caused to travel to Spain by the volcanic ash cloud in April was cited as having an important impact among hotels in Malaga with some establishments receiving no reservations at all.  This was a major contributing factor to the negative figures reported for the first half of the year. The World Cup, which was held in a peak tourist period this year, also ...Click to read more about Malaga Hotels