The popular British tourist hotspot on Spain’s Costa Blanca became a “ghost town” after the British government imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19
The British are flocking back to Benidorm after the longed-for relaxation of travel restrictions.
Spain’s Costa Blanca resort has been turned from the British curbs into a “ghost town” because of Covid, an expat said.
Business owners and Brits working in Benidorm have said they are relieved.
Some UK expats announced earlier this year that they had relied on food banks after losing their jobs due to the lack of UK tourists.
Former Nurse Wayne Wright, who works as drag queen Levi at Benidorm’s Palladium, said, “It’s really, really busy now.
“It was horrible, it was like being in a ghost town and we didn’t work for 18 months.
“It is absolutely wonderful to see the British vacationers again.
“Without British tourists, Benidorm is nothing. Benidorm lives off the British working class. “
Wayne said bars and hotels are being renovated and are crying out for staff.
Bar Rumbo’s owner Antonio Garcia, 59, which has been in business since the 1970s, said: “There are some Brits out there now and they love Benidorm.
“It’s the weather, the tolerant and nice Spaniards, the food is also very good and the prices are great.
“I think September will be really good.”
Vacationers enjoy the sunshine and the temperatures, which are expected to be 25 ° C this week.
Alex Fratini, member of the Benidorm Bar and Restaurant Association, added: “Many shops have reopened after many months of closure because the British have started to return.”
Association president Javier del Castillo told the local newspaper Diario Information: “Companies are reopening and opening longer. We hope that this will continue and that more Brits will come. “
Toni Mayor of the local hotelier association added: “The situation has improved dramatically. There is a British atmosphere in Benidorm that reminds me of the time before the pandemic.
“Around 20 percent of the vacationers are British and with the other 20 percent who will hopefully come back, we’ll be back to how it was. All the bars and cafes in the Little England area are full. “
The region had 750,000 foreign tourists in August, 75 percent more than in August 2020, 105,000 of them British.