Months of record-breaking tourist numbers have encouraged additional investment in the hotel industry on the Costa del Sol, with 27 companies looking to spend a total of €56 million to improve their establishments over the coming winter months.
The figure was provided by Luis Callejón Suñé, the president of the Association of Hoteliers of the Costa del Sol, who explained that the expansion is planned to take place in low season as the decrease in visitors will allow hotels to close for up to three months to get the works done.
The investment dwarfs last year’s figure of €28 million and rounds off a total of €168 million that has been spent over the last three years to improve the province’s hotel installations.
Torremolinos is the town which will receive the biggest boost, with the proposed amalgamation of the Riu Belplaya and Riu Costa Lago hotels looking to create a new complex with over 600 rooms. The idea is to create a ‘mini-resort,’ which will have three restaurants, five bars, three outdoor pools, an indoor pool and a water park.
The president went on to say that after the long financial crisis, during which the Costa del Sol managed to maintain a large portion of its historical tourist numbers, hoteliers are “doing their homework” and are aware that investments are needed to keep the resort growing at a steady level.