26 Sep, 2020 @ 15:02
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A-list guests not enough to save tourism industry in San Sebastian say hotel staff

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STAFF at the Maria Cristina Hotel in San Sebastian have revealed to Olive Press that even celebrity guests have not been enough to save their tourist season this year.

While in town for the 68th San Sebastian Film Festival, both Johnny Depp and Matt Dillon stayed in the five-star riverside hotel.

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However, staff revealed to Olive Press that many rooms remained empty, even during the star packed event this week.

“Normally at this time of year we are fully booked,” said a receptionist. “Because of coronavirus, things are much much quieter.”

And it’s not just five-star establishments that are suffering. Affordable hostel A Room In The City were also left with a surplus of bunk beds during what is usually a jam-packed month of the year.

It comes as the tourism industry in Spain has reported an 8.2billion euro loss since the COVID-19 outbreak with many business owners concerned for what the future holds.

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