A hotel association wants tax breaks for its members in the Mar Menor area after reduced booking figures caused by flooding over recent months. Soledad Diaz, president of Hostetur, which represents hoteliers and holiday accommodation owners on the Costa Calida, says that some cuts in IBI rates would help operators stay in business. Diaz commented that floods over the last six months had caused big damage to Mar Menor beaches, with tourists being put off and choosing to book rooms out of the area. She also reflected that visitor figures for the Murcia region had seen some of the biggest falls in Spain last year and called for hoteliers to get the same deal as other occupations.
“Administrations have handed out grants for industries like fishing, but have ignored hotels which create employment and generate money for the area”, Diaz added. “We don ́t want money, but a tax break could be a positive gesture.” She noted that reservations were down for the Easter period, as customers choose to wait much closer to the time to see what the weather might be like. On the other hand, bookings are looking better for the first weekend in May, which takes in a bank-holiday.