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Last-minute holiday bookings boost hotel occupancy forecasts on the coast

Queues of tourists at the airport check-in desks in July.
Queues of tourists at the airport check-in desks in July. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Costa del Sol hoteliers hope to reach a level of 70 per cent, but the anticipated return of large numbers of British tourists hasn't yet happened

The hoped-for return of British tourists has still not happened but, despite this, hotel owners on the Costa del Sol have revised their occupany rates - upwards - for August.

The hotelier’s association, Aehcos, now believes the month could end with 70 per cent of beds sold, that is about four points more than the last forecast according to the president of Aehcos, José Luque.

Miguel Sánchez, of the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Andalucía (CEA), has also pointed out that as well as reservations from the Spanish, that are concentrated at the weekends, association members have noticed an increase in week-long stays on the coast.

"Booking for August are growing sensationally," he says, forecasting that the British tourists will start arriving en-masse from September. Meanwhile, he said the Scandinavian market stands out.

The president of the CEA was upset by the Idealista property portal report that showed Malaga province of Malaga as the third-paced Spanish destination with hotels up for sale, a total of 54, which represents a 33 per cent than a year before. “We soon started receiving calls from investors. Many are interested in knowing more about the establishments for sale. Tourism is picking up. There is a lot of interest for the coast.”