Will Thomas Cook's demise affect the Costa del Sol in the long term?

  • Tourist board chief says the collapse is worrying for tourism in general

While there are few immediate consequences for the Costa del Sol, the collapse of Thomas Cook, an operator which brings seven million visitors to Spain every year, is nonetheless a concern for the tourism industry.

"This is really bad news," said Francisco Salado, head of Turismo Costa del Sol. "It's worrying for tourism in general because it is one of the biggest tour operators in the world but also for the British market, especially with the uncertainty over Brexit."

José Carlos Escribano, vice-president of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT), concedes that while it will not have a direct impact on the Costa del Sol, Thomas Cook's demise will have secondary effects as it will leave rival operator TUI with an "almost complete monopoly" and, as a result, will see the distribution of routes reconfigured.