Alicante Benidorm

A bright bridge for Benidorm

Business owners in Benidorm breathed a sigh of relief as the extended Bank Holiday weekend, which ended last Monday, brought some welcome brightness to a year of financial gloom.

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Thousands of visitors flocked to the resort over the four days, which included, a Valencian Communidad holiday on Friday and the Dia de La Hispanidad, National day on Monday, taking advantage of warm weather, relatively quiet beaches and a warm welcome from the hospitality venues which were able to open.

Although, only 36 out of Benidorm’s 140 hotels are currently operating, those that were open reported occupancy levels of 95% or more, with some even posting the No Vacancies signs, according to Hosbec president Toni Mayor.

The Benidorm Hotels association boss, said, “It has been a very good bridge despite the situation and the fact that there is no foreign tourism or Imserso,” referring to the fact that the two bank holidays fell either side of the weekend, forming a Puente, or bridge, allowing people from the cities to take enjoy a long weekend without using up annual leave.

Footfall along the main thoroughfares of the resort and the Mirador del Mediterraneo viewpoint was heavier than expected and by a Sunday evening, a total of almost 34,000 people had reserved a place on the beaches, which are still segregated owing to current Coronavirus restrictions.

President of Abreca (Association of Bars, Restaurants and Cafeterias of Benidorm), Javier del Castillo, also expressed his satisfaction, noting that although traditional weekend visitors from Madrid were unable to leave their province, owing to a localised State of Emergency introduced by Prime Minister Sanchez.

“Many people have come this bridge and the restaurants and bars with their terraces have been full and we had a lot of reservations”, he said, “the businessmen have worked hard and in general we are very happy”, he added.

The only disappointing aspect of the weekend could be seen in the Rincon de Loix area of Benidorm.

Here, an area is locally known as the ‘Guiri’ or ‘English zone’, more than 90% of businesses remain closed due to the lack of holidaymakers from the UK, where a 14 day quarantine period is still required for returning tourists.

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