Tourists leave a central hotel in Malaga. / ÑITO SALAS

Costa hotels close October with an average 70 per cent occupancy rate

The month exceeded the occupancy expectations of hoteliers in Malaga province, with the coastal resort of Nerja standing out once again - touching almost 90 per cent

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The fine, summer-like weather on the Costa del Sol during the month of October helped boost the number of holidaymakers visiting the area and, consequently, the number of hotel stays in the Malaga province.

The month closed with an average occupancy rate of 70.5 per cent in the province, exceeding the forecast by more than thirteen points, according to the Costa del Sol hoteliers association (Aehcos).

“Two factors have combined to help this. Along with the great weather in October that allowed the extension of the high season there was also the elimination of many travel restrictions," explained the president of the association, José Luque.

"The return of international tourists is key," said Luque, pointing out that foreign holidaymakers accounted for 66 per cent of the tourists who visited the Costa del Sol last month.

The Aehcos president also revealed that even with the 70 per cent occupancy rate, the sector was still seven points behind the level reached in October 2019.


Among the main towns on the Costa del Sol, Nerja once again stood out with a 87.4 per cent hotel occupancy rate in October.

Hoteliers were forecasting an occupancy rate of 35.2 per cent for November, but the Aehcos data shows the possibility that this could now climb to 43.6 per cent.

"For November, international tourism will be crucial, since 76 per cent of the total number of tourists are expected to be foreigners," adds José Luque.