Despite the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, this year’s Fallas brought a respite for hotels in Valencia, which are registering high occupancy rates, typical of “good old times.”
The occupancy rates in hotels in Valencia and the Comunidad, are resisting the effects of the war caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and remain at “reasonably good” levels, according to the sector.
There is also a visible increase in the international market: in the province of Alicante, foreign tourists account for 50% of the total, in Valencia, this percentage is close to 40%, and in Castellón, which is traditionally unpopular with foreign tourists, it exceeds 26%.
These international tourism figures have not been seen since 2019 and are an important indicator that the tourism industry is recovering. Even in traditionally “British” Benidorm, there are signs of a strong recovery, as it appears that British tourists are returning, accounting for 40% of total tourists staying there at the moment.
This year’s Fallas also reminded us of the good old days for hotels in Valencia, with the capital city’s occupancy rate hovering around 80%. Even Benidorm, with an occupancy rate of around 72 percent, indicates that this year’s season may be as good as the one in 2019.
On the negative side, the sector is suffering from the effects of the transport strike, and many hotels in Valencia and Comunidad, as well as tourist companies, are facing a completely new problem – necessary materials are not being delivered, and renovations and building work are difficult to complete, potentially affecting reservations already made for the coming summer.
As a result, the president of the hotel association, Hosbec, has asked the government to put in place measures to alleviate transportation issues and disproportionate increases in fuel prices. There are still a number of hotels in Valencia under construction, and without this capacity, a promising trend of increasing the number of visitors to La Comunidad could be severely hampered.
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