1 Apr, 2023 @ 12:45
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Spain’s tourism sector hopeful of record-breaking Easter

UK holidaymakers help Spain to a record-breaking year for foreign tourism|
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SPAIN’S Easter break, which officially got underway at 3pm on Friday, is set to be a record-breaking one for the tourism sector, as the coronavirus pandemic is finally left behind and figures for the industry are set to equal if not exceed those of 2019, the year before Covid-19 hit. 

According to the CEHAT Spanish hotel and tourism accommodation confederation, the forecasts for this week are of 80% occupation, with the figure as high as 90% for campsites and 65% for inland destinations. 

International flight bookings were reported to be just 3% below those of 2019 for the same Easter period, while domestic bookings were actually 12% above. 

Meanwhile, state rail operator Renfe will be offering nearly two million seats on high-speed trains such as the AVE and Avlo services, as well as shorter routes such as Intercity between March 31 and April 10, according to figures cited in online daily El Español

As for the roads, a total of 16 million journeys are expected over the Easter break in Spain, according to figures from the DGT, with 4.3 million this weekend alone. The first phase of this busy period started at 3pm on Friday, and will end at midnight on April 2.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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