OVER 46,000 people used Benidorm’s beaches during the four-day October holiday weekend in a welcome boost to local tourism.

The official figures come for a period that took in Valencia Day and Monday’s National Day.

Local hospitality association, Cobreca, estimated that revenues were only down between 10 to 15 per cent for their members compared to the same period in 2019.

The four days also brought high hotel occupancy rates for the roughly 30 per cent of Benidorm’s hotels that remained open.

Hotel association, Hosbec, said that some of its members reported close to 100 per cent occupancy.

Benidorm mayor, Toni Perez, said: “ Although the figures are way down compared to before the pandemic, the weekend confirmed that Benidorm is a top destination even in difficult times.”

Struggling bars and restaurants also received a much-need fillip after being largely quiet since the end of the domestic tourist season in August.

President of local hospitality group Abreca, Javier del Castillor, said:

“It was a fantastic weekend and great to see so many more people, which was obvious from just looking at the beaches.”

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