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 to Malaga”.

Despite the crisis in Spain, the most popular hotels on the Costa del Sol are the four star hotels. Escribano said that most hotels in Malaga have advertised numerous packages of three nights, including different services like gastronomic offers or health and beauty therapies. “These packages have been very successful and are attracting lots of guests, with increased demand for the end of the week”.

According to Aehcos the hotels in the Costa del Sol area expect to exceed the average occupancy rate achieved last year at Easter by at least three percentage points. The hotels in Malaga city are almost entirely full for the main days of the Holy Week festivities, whilst the hotels in Marbella are expected to have no vacancies at all from Holy Thursday onwards. The five star hotels in Marbella have seen the biggest percentage increase in bookings in the town but at the expense of profitability as they have lowered prices by between 8 and 10 per cent.

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