ALMERIA’S hotel and catering trade had a bumper Christmas, figures on Festive Season overnight stays suggest.
Average occupation levels in the province’s hotels and rural houses for the Christmas holiday were a record for the time of year at 50.8 per cent, according to the Junta de Andalucia’s Tourism regional ministry.
This was a whopping eight per cent up on last year’s average of 42.6 per cent.
In the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve there were more than 51,310 overnight stays altogether in Almeria’s hotels and rural accommodation.
The figures do not include holiday apartment rentals or stays in facilities like campsites.
Another point to take into consideration is there are less hotel and hostel beds available at Christmas than in the summer due to the winter closure of establishments in destinations including Retamar-El Toyo, Roquetas de Mar and Mojacar.