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Costa del Sol hotels close July with higher occupancy rates than expected

Tourists in Malaga.
Tourists in Malaga. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • There is a wide variation in the number of rooms filled in the individual tourist towns on the coast, ranging from 51 to 79 per cent

Summer is progressing better than expected on Spain's Costa del Sol. Hotels on the coast have closed July with an average occupancy rate of 66 per cent, four points more than predited by the hotelier’s association, Aehcos.

José Luque, president of Aehcos, said that “although the data is better than the forecasts, we must never lose sight of the fact that these occupancy figures on the Costa del Sol are far from what we are used to in high season.”

However, Luque is hopeful that August will perform in a similar way “and the downward trend in infections will lead to a few months in September and October with better news for hotel occupancy rates.”

The association’s latest report highlights the growth in hotel occupancy on the coast, pointing out the largest increases, with almost five and a half points, were in Fuengirola and Torremolinos, which have reached 53.2 and 64.4 per occupancy, respectively, in July.

However, Malaga city and Nerja are the places that have recorded the best performance in the province in July, with rates of 79 and 78 per cent. Looking towards August, the forecasts suggest that Benalmádena will also exceed the 70 per cent occupancy barrier.

Towns such as Marbella, Estepona and Mijas have seen their occupancy rates rise by three points with respect to the forecasts that were set in the middle of the month, with 70, 55 and 51.7 per cent, respectively.

At present, 93 per cent of the hotels in Malaga province are open, and Marbella and Mijas already have all their establishments fully operating.