DESPITE good hotel occupancy rates this summer, twice as many
Some 30 hotels will close reducing the number of available beds on the Coast by 40 per cent.
There are some which have decided to do so for the first time, such as the Alay in Benalmadena and
Villa Padierna will close December 11 to March 15.
During the 2010
By the end of April this year, more than half (65 per cent) of rooms at
Ignacio Acirre, the owner of the 250 room 4-star Hotel Alay in Benalmadena told EWN the hotel will reopen in February. “The last time we carried out reforms was 2003, so since occupation and prices are half that of summer, we decided to take advantage of this down time for renovations,” he said.
“We have no plans to close in the winter as we get plenty of business,” Carolina Perez, Events Director at the hotel, told EWN.
“As a cultural hotel in the city centre, and the only five-star establishment in
“Between October and December, the majority of our clients are business, while in the summer it is mostly tourists.”
But on the coast CCOO warns winter closures will affect some 6,000 hotel employees, of which 1,900 will now only be employed full time for three or four months a year.
“It is inadmissible that staff who had permanent contracts will now have temporary contracts and will not have their Social Security contributions paid during the months when they are not working”, CCOO’s Secretary General in Malaga, Lola Villalba, complained.
She claims that in some cases the staff are threatened with dismissal if they don’t accept the conditions.
Villalba said that in Benalmadena alone, 90 per cent of hotels are closing for the winter, and those which will remain open are at up to 80 per cent capacity for this month.
The union also said that despite record breaking figures seen this year in tourism on the
But some hotel owners explain that while they have seen an increase in bookings, the drop in room rates and increase in overheads has reduced their profit margins.