Councillor Fanny Serrano said Torrevieja is the paradigm of residential tourism, but with over 160,000 homes it is more difficult to measure their occupancy levels than for a hotel. For this reason, data from Torrevieja’s Tourism Offices, water consumption and rubbish collection over the summer have been used to evaluate the affluence of tourists.
This indicated an occupancy of 85% in August, almost reaching 100% on the bank holiday of the 15th. The average for 3 and 4 star hotels was 80%, for lesser categories and aparthotels 85%, and for pensiones (guest houses) and tourist apartments 92%.
Water consumption in August went up 3.69% on last year – 1,218,130m3 in 2016 compared to 1,174,730 in 2015. While in July it was about the same as last year, at about 1,100,000m3.
There was a significant increase in rubbish collected in August, which at 6,155,220kg was 100,000kg more than the same month in 2015. In July 55,155kg more were collected than last year, making a total of 5,539,515kg.
Visitors to Tourism Officers totalled 14,376 in July and August, of which 66.7% were international and the rest Spanish. The majority of them wanted to known about general local information, followed by cultural activities, leisure, transport, beaches and the Costa Blanca.
Serrano highlighted the affluence of French tourists, 2,721 of whom visited Tourism Offices, which is 28% of the total, followed by 2,185 British people, while in 2015 there were only 1,700 French and 1,928 British.