DESPITE hopeful predictions that unrest in the Arab world would bring tourists flocking to the region, in
In some cases, hotels can only afford to open for five months during the year.
There should be 206,839 vacancies in total throughout Andalucia, but last winter, 40 per cent had to close, more even than the previous year, remembered as one of the worst, as many hotels closed down completely and put many out of work, according to the Commerce, Catering and Tourism Federation of union Comisiones Obreras in Andalucia.
The unions are hopeful that all Andalucian hotels will be open for Easter, especially as their closure has a knock-on effect, and many complementary businesses and activities have to close down completely, making the area less attractive to visitors.
Meanwhile, the government has cut back on state funded tours for senior citizens, with 200,000 fewer places, despite the fact that it was this type of activities which kept many hotels open.
On the other hand, the Junta de Andalucia has made sure that 80,000 places are available for the European Senior Tourism programme.