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Benidorm has once again offered its iconic image with the beach overflowing, after a catastrophic year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one more step towards a return to normalcy that has more merit for the lack of British tourists, almost half of its market, which has been offset by the
influx of Spaniards.

The end of the blue subdivision to ensure distances due to Covid-19 and the good temperatures have favored the influx of visitors, and in Benidorm they have not relaxed and this week they offer new guarantees to attract tourists again in the figures pre-pandemic influx.

The mayor, Toni Pérez, has collected in Madrid the Safe Tourism Certified that certify the implementation of health risk prevention systems against Covid-19 “as a guarantee mark and banner of the concept of safe tourism” at the hands of the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, as reported by municipal sources.

This new banner will also fly next to the «Q” from Tourist Quality that attest to the “excellence” achieved in other years by the Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas beaches, in addition to the blue flags and of Qualification.

However, the Hosbec hotel group has lowered the occupancy forecast for this week to 50% -and without all the establishments open yet- despite the fact that its beaches are no longer parceled out and they have just obtained that special security seal against the coronavirus . Although they trust that last minute reserves, as has been the trend for prudence in these times, will finally level these previous estimates.

In fact in the last week, they have exceeded 60% occupancy for the first time since this statistical series began in May 2021. It is a positive figure, given that the offer in the destination has also increased. There are currently 80 hotels open in Benidorm, that is, 71% of the hotel establishments associated with Hosbec in the tourist capital of the Costa Blanca. The trend that does not change is the distribution of the clients’ nationalities: 92.2% of the demand is of Spanish origin, and foreign tourists barely touch 8%.

In addition, an occupancy record has been registered in the pandemic, also during the past weekend in Benidorm: a 77.5% of hotel rooms available have been occupied, up from 66% the previous weekend.

Painters and craftsmen

From this Thursday, July 1, painters and artisans return to the Old Town of Benidorm in Les Nits del Castell, an initiative of the Department of Commerce.

The Plaza del Castelar welcomes two portraitists, six cartoonists and a landscape painter, who will remain in this location, the prelude to the Castell, until September 30.

In the nearby Plaza de La Senyoria the artisans will be located, all with the corresponding accreditation that certifies that their products are made by hand. Among the stalls are articles of jewelery in sterling silver and precious stones, miniatures and hair pins made of resin and silver, leather and steel jewelery, cold porcelain ornaments, handmade soaps, macramé, crafts with marine crystals and beads, or leather necklaces and precious stones.

Old town area in Benidorm
Old town area in Benidorm – JUAN CARLOS SOLER

In addition, the Benidorm Association for the Disabled (ASMIBE) will have a position where he will exhibit fans, bookbinding and leather goods. The position of a local craftsman who is dedicated to making original clocks with different shapes and materials will also be installed again: wood, sheet metal, plastics, zamak, glass, etc.; as well as an artisan from Benidorm who works with polymer clay: necklaces, earrings and bracelets made of mother-of-pearl and sea shells.

The artisans come from municipalities such as Benidorm, Finestrat, Villajoyosa, La Nucía, Alfaz del Pí and Alicante will be in the Plaza de La Senyoria until September 15, from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The Councilor for Commerce, Lorenzo Martínez, has pointed out that “like last year, for this edition of ‘Les Nits del Castell’ all current health security measures will be observed, included in the regional regulations on non-sedentary sales markets.”

And he has invited «residents and tourists to come to the Castell and its surroundings during the summer nights to learn more about the work of these artisans and painters, and spend a pleasant evening enjoying all the commercial and hospitality offer existing in the Old Town ».

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