HOTELIERS in Benidorm can only conclude that it is Brexit uncertainty that is responsible for a significant drop already in the number of summer holidays booked for the 2019 season.
Despite the fact that the Brits have had no trouble travelling to countries outside of Europe before, the hoteliers can see no other reason for the decline, which have seen summer booking made in January fall by 15%, with 9,000 fewer bookings compared to last year, according to Hosbec.
In a statement, they say, “If until now tourism and Benidorm and the Costa Blanca in particular escaped the Brexit crisis… the rejection of the agreement with the European Union has taken its toll on the tourist bookings in general, and uncertainty has settled in for the summer season of 2019.”
The “most worrisome” part, according to the statement, is the reduction in bookings made in January, ”one of the strongest months of the year2, with about 46,000 packages sold compared to 54,000 in January 2018, representing a reduction of about 15%.
There are others who see this as nothing more than a temporary imbalance, and with the FITUR tourism event still resulting in a positive opinion towards Spain as a holiday destination, despite any Brexit concerns, and Alicante-Elche airport expecting a 5% increase in supply, optimists hope that the bookings will now start tom come in from now and through the Easter period, another traditional time for summer holiday bookings.