Costa del Sol hails huge tourism boost thanks to Boris holiday ‘Woken from a nightmare!’

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The Costa del Sol is a firm favourite with British tourists with Britons flocking to the region’s sunny resorts. Marbella is popular with many celebrities including Only Way Is Essex stars and Lord Alan Sugar.

Tourism chiefs in the region have declared that the Costa del Sol has “woken up from a horrible nightmare” after the pandemic.

Leaders say they are expecting a record number of tourists in 2022, beating the high numbers that visited in 2019.

Boris Johnson selecting the Costa del Sol for his own autumn break is expected to encourage other Britons to do the same.

President of Costa del Sol tourism, Francisco Salado, said: “It’s the best confidence vote we could have.

“We have woken up from a horrible nightmare. The summer has been much better than expected.

“The forecasts of air seats between now and the end of the year, which are at 90 percent of the pre-pandemic levels, makes me think the full recovery will come in 2022.

“Our Costa del Sol, our province of Malaga, is moving towards cruising speed again and we hope that soon we will return to the long-awaited tourist normality that businessmen and workers need so much.”

Despite a drop in numbers, international tourist numbers are expected to recover by up to 80 percent by the end of 2021.

Between June and September this year, 2.3 million people arrived in Spain, a decrease of 46 percent compared to 2019.

The Prime Minister was recently spotted painting an easel at his holiday villa but it is unknown what his subject was.

The luxury villa in Marbella costs £25,000 per week and has its own heli-pad and two swimming pools.

Set in over 600 acres of woodland, the luxury ranch is located in a secluded area above the hills in Marbella.

The forecast of people flying to the Costa del Sol in December shows high numbers of tourists visiting the Spanish region.

Over 480,000 Britons are expected to fly to the Costa del Sol while another 150,000 will arrive from Germany.

Tourism officials are looking to promote the region using Boris Johnson’s infamous visit to attract UK residents.

British tourists visiting Marbella can expect beautiful beaches, gourmet restaurants and mild winter weather.

From October 24, British tourists visiting Spain can take a lateral flow test on day two after arrival in the UK instead of a PCR.

Tourists can book the tests from October 22 when the British Government will publish approved testing requirements.

Britons are advised to check the UK Government website for the latest local restrictions before travelling to Spain.

Budget flights to the Costa Del Sol region are available from several of the UK’s major airports.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

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