Alicante is the most requested tourist destination by the British and Valencia aspires to sell out

These are days of hectic tourist activity and the databases managed by the sector keep offering us figures. According to the flight, hotel and car rental search engine Jetcost, Alicante is the Spanish city with the highest concentration of requests from the United Kingdom. Palma de Mallorca is leading the search from Germany, Malaga from the Netherlands and Barcelona is attracting interest from the French, Italians and Portuguese.

According to this tourism management company, the search for flights has increased by 150% compared to the first three months of the year, and that for hotels by 210%, so that the demand for Easter (Easter for the British) reached similar levels to 2019. Another interesting fact: users are spending 30% more time than before evaluating their different options before booking their trip, indicating a greater interest in finding good deals.

AirBnb detects that the Valencian Community, Andalusia and the Canary Islands are the areas most sought after by Spanish travelers

As for Spanish travelers, the database of the AirBnb rental platform detects that the Valencian Community, Andalusia and the Canary Islands are the most sought-after areas for their Easter getaways, in a clear commitment for a time sunny.

And in terms of urban tourism, Seville, Madrid, Malaga, Granada, Barcelona, ​​Cadiz, Valencia, Cordoba, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Alicante form the Top 10 of the cities most in demand by national travelers.

Alicante has made an effort to prepare the beaches after the storm.

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Según las tendencias observed por Airbnb, muchos españoles están planeando prolongar sus escapadas de Semana Santa, porque aunque los viajes de entre dos y seis días representan mayoría de las búsquedas para estas vacaciones, casi la cuarta parte de los huéspedes asking for estancias de más de one week.

In the Valencian capital, it should reach -or even exceed- the hotel occupancy ceiling for the year, around 90%, from Maundy Thursday to Holy Saturday, according to the estimate of the Municipal Foundation for the Promotion of Tourism, Visit Valencia.

“Given that we hope to enjoy a sunny Easter, the occupancy rate could reach levels very close to 100% thanks to last minute reservations”, says the Mayor of Tourism of València

In the survey of the hotel sector of the city, an occupancy of 89% is recorded on Maundy Thursday; 94% on Good Friday; 92% for Holy Saturday and 74% for Easter Sunday night. Tourism adviser Emiliano García said that “since we hope to enjoy a sunny Easter, the occupancy rate could reach levels very close to 100% thanks to last minute bookings”.

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A couple enjoys the spring weather in the old Turia riverbed.

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García stressed that “this is great news both for the accommodation sector and for the restaurant sector and other complementary tourism sectors”. The city councilor stressed that “the sector has worked very hard to emerge from these two years of pandemic and has shown a capacity for adaptation and exemplary work”.

Two years ago now, during the last holy week before the pandemic, the occupancy forecast in Valencia was lower than today. And despite this, the definitive final occupancy was 90% for Maundy Thursday; 92% on Good Friday; 91% on Holy Saturday and 73% on Easter Sunday.

Valencia in The Guardian

“One of the best markets in Europe, cradle of paella and a unique green space”

“A local guide to València: home of paella, one of the best markets in Europe and a unique green space.” Under this title published this Sunday Guardian a report on Valencia. The architect and graphic designer Juan Suay offers a series of recommendations to the readers of the British newspaper, starting with the gastronomic ones (of a fideuà – “a Valencian paella made with pasta instead of rice” – at the restaurant Yuso or a round of tapas on the terraces of Benimaclet), followed by musicals (the Sunday concerts in Viveros and the pergola in the Navy; jam sessions in The viti, where faculty from the Berklee campus perform; Is feastthe café of El Cabanyal which organizes jazz evenings on Thursdays).
He also recommends bike rides along the old river bed, which highlights the neighborhood’s struggle that rejected a freeway to achieve a large park, to “the famed City of Arts, an ultra -modern concert halls and museums designed by Santiago Calatrava”. Finally, Suay recommends immersing yourself in the Valencian nightlife, which is divided into three: the post-work aperitif, dinner, and “the serious drink”, which he proposes to end in Barraca, in Sueca, with a “Berlin-style techno”. night “.

The Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies has also offered data that, throughout Spain, still predicts sales 10% lower than the figures recorded in Holy Week 2019, but in the case of the Valencian Community they are much closer to those of then. , barely 3% less.

The president of the employers’ association, Carlos Garrido, recalled that travel agencies were charging half as much as before the pandemic during Holy Week 2021, for which there was a “significant jump” this year compared to l ‘last year.

Agencies perceive an increase in the number of tourists traveling to other countries, although they are still 10% lower than before covid-19

The fact that the reservations were made much later than usual stands out, almost at the last minute in the case of Spanish customers. And the favorite destinations of travelers during their national journeys remain the coasts and the islands. Only the Balearic Islands improve on the 2019 figures, while the Canary Islands are also 3% below 2019.

Travel agencies are also seeing an increase in the number of tourists traveling to other countries, although they are still 10% lower than before covid-19. There are still destinations that continue to be closed, such as Japan, and others where heavy restrictions remain in place. In addition, foreign tourism is affected by the war due to the closure of airspace in the conflict zone and the decrease in travelers to countries surrounding Ukraine.


Mass tourism returns to areas like Benidorm at the start of the Easter holidays.

Manuel Lorenzo / EFE

The agency sector believes that the Russian invasion could have a more “medium to long term” effect due to rising fuel prices and inflation, which leads to a loss of purchasing power for customers.

domestic tourism

20,742 travel voucher reservations

Turisme has registered a total of 20,742 reservations in three months through the Travel Voucher to travel to accommodation in the Valencian Community until the end of May, of which almost 4,500 correspond to the dates of Easter.
From January 17 to May 31, a total of 71,629 users have registered and 30,500 bonuses have already been distributed, a figure that increases fortnightly with new shipments.
Applicants to the Travel Voucher 2022 program can choose between a short stay with a minimum of two consecutive nights, opting for a 50% discount, or a long stay, with a minimum of 5 consecutive nights, with a 60% discount.
Most of the reservations made through the Travel Voucher 2022 program, around 88%, correspond to short-stay reservations, according to sources from the Generalitat, who recalled that this new edition of the Travel Voucher has an initial budget of 15 million euros and should benefit 100,000 users.
For Easter alone, almost 4,500 reservations have been registered, which represents 50,000 additional nights for this Holy Week, which is helping to revive the economy and employment in the tourism sector.
By province, for these holidays in Alicante a total of 2,676 reservations were made, in Castellón 993 and in Valencia 461, while the most requested destinations were Benidorm, Calp, Peñíscola, Altea, València Elx , Dénia , Morella, Finestrat and Alicante.
Currently, the Bono Viaje 2022 program has 1,040 member companies (463 from the province of Alicante, 207 from Castellón and 370 from Valencia), ranging from travel agencies, hotels, blocks or tourist apartment complexes , campsites, rural lodging houses and housing management. companies for tourist use registered in the Tourism Registry of the Valencian Community.

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