British tourists bring ‘amazing’ atmosphere to Benidorm as officials slam Covid reports

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Tourism officials have also slammed reports blaming British tourists for a spike of cases in the region. Hosbec, the Benidorm hoteliers association, said it was part of a “campaign” to “discredit” the region.

Last week, the Valencian health minister Ana Barcelo said that rising case numbers in Benidorm were due to high numbers of tourists.

She said over half of Covid cases came from foreign visitors after a high number of Britons travelled to Benidorm in October.

Hosbec slammed the reports saying: “We are both equally angry and outraged by a campaign to discredit Benidorm with alarming news that has no real foundation.

“This is seriously harming us at a time when the hotel and tourism sector is trying to recover from the pandemic.”

Benidorm’s mayor, Toni Perez, agreed and said the rate was worked out based on the resident population rather than including the number of resort visitors.

Perez said: “There are no incidents I’ve heard of concerning tourist infections at hotels or apartments.”

Nightclubs are now open again in the Costa Blanca resort as harsh pandemic restrictions were recently lifted.

The Bulldog pub owner Scott O’Brien, 55, told The Mirror: “At last, the Brits are back. Benidorm is alive again. You can feel the relief and the joy.

“The atmosphere is amazing. It’s freedom for these people: Everyone’s much happier and calmer than I can remember them being in previous years.”

Bride-to-be, Jade Fieldhouse, had flown from Warrington with 16 friends to enjoy a Benidorm holiday.

She said she was more than happy to pay for a PCR to get to Benidorm as she is yet to be fully vaccinated.

She said: “It’s costing me a lot more than the other but it is 100 percent worth it. Forget the money.

“I’ve not been away during Covid and I’m getting married in February. It’s time to let my hair down.”

Teaching assistant Angie Barker had travelled to Benidorm to celebrate her 50th birthday and was accompanied by her mum (75) and 12 friends and family.

She said: “We booked it back in February and just hoped for the best. I’ve honestly had such a brilliant time.”

Liam Booth, 30, had travelled with friends from his cricket club in Castleford for an end of season Benidorm party.

He said: “It’s our first time away for two years so you can bet we’re going to make the most of it.”

O’Brien said the claims that Covid cases started rising with British tourists were “nonsense”.

He said: “Everyone here is outdoors, masks are still worn in shops and before you sit down in a pub or restaurant.”

British tourists should check the latest advice on the UK Government website before travelling on holiday to Benidorm.

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