Thursday 20th May 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
And life returns to the streets. This weekend the extension of the closing hours of the hospitality industry as well as the later night curfew has brought back to life – and why not, the joy too – to the streets of the Marina Alta. The hospitality business has regained the spirit and desire to work after a much more complicated winter than normal, with health restrictions active since December.
The good activity seen in all corners of the region translates into the figures handled by AETHMA, the Marina Alta hospitality and tourism business association. Its manager, Reme Cerdà, explained to XAD yesterday that their members had given them a “very good” assessment after this weekend in the region. The average occupancy was 85% and on Saturday it reached 90%. This data, he stressed, allow them to harbour hopes for the coming weekends: “we have very good forecasts,” said the official.
In the hospitality industry, businesses were able to double overnight services, owners could get people back from ERTE’s and into work, which is definitely what they want. The hustle and bustle was constant in all the streets and squares with restaurants and bars.
Cerdá highlighted the high degree of “scrupulous” compliance with the required COVID-19 measures by all businesses in the sector, claiming that the hospitality industry “is the solution and not the problem” and demanded that the waiting staff be vaccinated soon as they are the first line of contact with customers who don’t wear a mask, whether they have been vaccinated or not.