Hotels in Andalusia will continue the practice of closing for the winter season. And in 2010-2011 the the number of hotels that choose to close, will be even bigger than last year. Andalusian hoteliers note that despite the positive performance of the last summer, the effects of a recession are still strongly felt. It is most vividly evident in the offseason, when the tourist flow is greatly reduced.
In total 40% of the hotels will be closed for winter in Andalusia. According to the representatives of the hotel sector of the region, this figure can be called critical. According to the representatives of the Association of hotels in Andalusia after the winter last year failed to open about 10 hotels.
At the same time, some analysts believe that the hotel sector in Andalusia is not in such bad condition as hotel owners can imagine. Winter is a traditionally low season in Andalusia and the closing of hotels is a standard practice for many small hotels, which helps to save money.
In this case it should be noted that the number of hotels that are closed for the winter season is really growing. This is partly due to the increasing popularity of ski resorts. Most Europeans prefer to spend Christmas holidays on the ski slopes.
The percentage of hotels of Costa Del Sol that are closed for winter will be 37% of the total number of hotels. While, according to typicallyspanish.com, 2 years ago this figure was around 20% of the total number of hotels.
Closure of the hotels for winter will cost Andalusia lost of 15,000 jobs.
Costa del Sol remains a major tourist region of Andalusia. As a result of summer 2010, the region demonstrated an increase in tourist flow by 1.8% compared to the same period of the last year.