WITH hotels and bar trade hotting up in the city of Salt, traders are hoping for a bumper summer. And if the figures for this month so far are an indication, they may see their wishes fulfilled.
The numbers of tourists that visited Torrevieja this July has already exceeded last year’s figures for the same month, according to Marco Celdran, the municipal tourism agency manager. “This thanks in part to instability in North Africa which means that alternative holiday destinations have been sought be holiday makers wanting a safe holiday,” said Marco.
The economic recovery of other European countries has also played a part, he said.
”The UK, German, France and Scandinavia are recovering well which is evident from the many people from these countries walking along Torrevieja’s beaches this summer and bodes well for the city’s future recovery.”
The third piece to this year’s tourism success is the domestic market. Many people who live in Madrid, Basque Country and Castilla Leon continue to visit Torrevieja along with residents from other municipalities in the Valencia Region.
“Traditionally people take two weeks vacation in the summer and the rest at other times of the year, but this year we are seeing visitors coming for the entire month,” said Marco. There are many things for tourists to see in Torrevieja aside from the sun, sea and sand, including museums, concerts and various tours and trips around the town.
One of Torrevieja’s weaknesses, he said, is the lack of hotel rooms.
July’s final figures of visitors to the Tourist Office will be available at the beginning of August.