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UK Tourists Flocking to the Costa del Sol

In June there was a 2.6% increase in passengers using Malaga airport, a staggering 1.366 million in total. 501,773 passengers were from the UK but also, as we reported in our last post, domestic tourism is on the up, giving very positive signs for local businesses and Costa del Sol homeowners wanting to rent out their properties.

The upward trend can be seen throughout the year and all over the coast. In May Torremolinos had 80% tourist occupancy, according to the National Institute of Statistics, an enormous 48% improvement from the same period last year and there were also improvements in Benalmadena, Marbella and Malaga city. Continue reading “UK Tourists Flocking to the Costa del Sol”

Costa del Sol set for a busy summer

It looks set to be a busy summer on the Costa del Sol this year as many more flights are planned to come into Malaga during summer! After plenty of demand, various budget airlines including RyanAir and EasyJet announced new flights from UK airports to Spain, which is excellent for the tourism in the area and for home owners who frequently travel from the UK and other countries.

What’s more, when you reach the airport, there is no more paying €50+ for a taxi as there is now a 24/7 shuttle bus which will stop at various points along the coast! The buses leave every hour and won’t cost you more than €15 so at least now there is a much cheaper, reliable form of transport to get you to and from Malaga airport, which will no doubt be appreciated by hundreds this year. You can find a list of many of the new flights and information about the shuttle bus on ThisisSpain.info.

More flights to the area means more people which is good news for home owners looking to use their property for holiday rentals this year. As you may know, the public transport system is pretty efficient in Spain and it’s a good idea to include up to date information about local bus, train, taxi and car hire services in your guest manual. Giving your guests as much information about the local area as possible will make their holiday much easier and more enjoyable, especially if they have never been here before. Here are some other useful things to put into your guest manual;

  • Activities in the local area such as water sports, tennis, golf, children’s play centres
  • Information about your property and community
  • Emergency service numbers and medical translation line number
  • Local amenities like shops recommended cafés, bars & restaurants etc
  • A map!

If you want to find out more about earning extra income from your property this year, contact us and have your property listed free on Europe’s leading holiday home rental website – Novasol. Then we can take care of the rest! Visit our website for more details or call us on 952 839 595.

 

Iberia Airline Strikes

The end of February saw the first set of strikes by workers at Iberia airline and another lot is planned for next week starting on the 4th March – 6th March. The strikes are taking place in order to prevent wage cuts and over 3,800 job losses, resulting in over 30 flights being cancelled at Malaga Airport. You can see a list of flights which will have been cancelled on the Iberia website. Passengers who are affected will be offered an alternative flight or a refund of their tickets.

If your flight has been affected but you still need to get to Spain, it may be worth checking price comparison sites such as travel supermarket or skyscanner.net to get the best deal on last minute flights with another airline, or you could drive to the Costa del Sol! It’s a beautiful drive with plenty to see along the way. You can read our previous blog about things to remember when driving to Spain.

Luckily, HomeCareontheWeb never goes on strike and can take care of many things on your behalf, so don’t worry if you can’t get here, just give us a call on 952 839 595.

Malaga airport sees passenger numbers increase by 16%

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It looks like tourism figures in Andalucia are on the rise again from 2009. Malaga Airport reported a great October, handling almost 1.3 million passengers last month. This is a 16% rise from last October and shows that tourists are opting to escape the cold winter for a bit of sunshine and relaxation. 

Hotels in Spain are reporting a 50% occupancy in October, self-catering options are also performing strongly as families look for a better value holiday. We are also seeing a consistently high demand for long-term rental properties, as people continue to look to Spain as a great place to live, but are cautious about buying straight away.

Our partner Novasol has a high level of interest in Spanish self-catering accommodation from their holiday makers and we’re on the look out for more Spanish rental properties to meet the demand. Particularly in demand are villas with pools, so if you would like to generate income from Spanish property, please contact us today to find out more by emailing info@homecareontheweb.com or visit www.homecareontheweb.com

New terminal at Malaga Airport put to the test

Picture courtesy of Sur in English

Last week the new Malaga Airport terminal received it’s first visitors in the form of volunteers testing the procedures and bringing to light any problems before it officially opens. They tested the check-in procedures, display screens and security proir to the opening on the 15th March.

The huge new terminal and runways will mean that the airport has capacity to deal with 30 million passengers per year – double the current number.  There will also be six thousand square metres of bars, cafeterias and restaurants and 2,800 square metres of shops in the redeveloped airport including 21 new food and drinks premises and 24 shops. Famous names winning these coveted slots include Caviar House & Prunier, a restaurant aimed at more gourmet palates; and Whopper Bar, a new concept of burger bar launched recently by Burger King with only two branches open so far in the world, Starbucks has also chosen the new airport terminal for its first branch in the province of Malaga.

You can read more information about the Malaga Airport development at the Sur in English website http://www.surinenglish.com 

The new terminal looks fantastic and will offer travellers a great welcome to the Costa del Sol. We can’t wait to try it!Please let us know if you use it and what you think.

Malaga Airport News

Flying to MalagaMalaga Airport is a hugely popular and busy airports welcoming over 12 million passengers a year to the region. Many of these tourists are heading to the Costa del Sol and the relatively modest airport has been struggling to handle them. For this reason a huge expansion is under way which will triple the airport’s capacity and keep up with growing passenger numbers over the next 50 years.  Continue reading “Malaga Airport News”

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