The Costa del Sol Hotel Association AHECOS has stated that despite there being 5 per cent more tourists in the first two weeks of July this year compared to the same period last year, the tourists are spending less money and bookings tend to be made last minute. The association also revealed that foreign tourists are being replaced by Spanish tourists.
ILLEGAL HOLIDAY HOMES
According to Gonzalo Fuentes, regional secretary of CC.OO. – the largest trade union, there are approx. 50,000 illegal holiday homes being rented out in Andalucia, 40 per cent of them along the Costa del Sol.
These holiday homes are being rented out without complying with any minimum requirements and end up damaging the region as a whole given that tourists go home with a bad impression, says Mr. Fuentes.
BLAME THE FOREIGN PROPERTY OWNERS
Fuentes told Diario Sur that the majority of these illegal holiday homes belonged to foreigners who are taking advantage of the summer months to head home, mainly back to the United Kingdom, escaping from the heat and renting their homes to holidaymakers in the meantime.
Fuentes said that the rent being earned by these property owners was used to finanace the yearly taxes and even part of the mortgage.
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