August is going to be even quieter than July was, say hoteliers on the Costa del Sol. Last month there was 40 per cent average occupancy, and they expect the average for the peak summer season to be 39.9 per cent at the very most.
They attribute the low numbers to the British government's decision to apply a self-isolation requirement to travellers entering the UK from Spain, and a general fear of travelling because of spikes in the coronavirus. They do, however, say that people are tending to book at the last minute so it is difficult to predict exactly what might happen.
Official tourism figures for the first six months of this year show that 1.5 million international travellers came to Spain, compared with 5.6 million in the same period last year. The report says Andalusian destinations received 72.5 per cent fewer international tourists between January and the end of June.
Not only are there fewer visitors, but they are spending less and staying for a shorter time. The statistics show that compared with last year, spending by tourists in Spain as a whole has dropped by 40.8 per cent to 651 euros per person, and the average length of stay has reduced by one day to 5.7 days.