In hotels in Marbella, they use an almost foolproof method to ascertain where visitors from the Gulf stand in the strict social hierarchy of their own countries.
“Some clients use the title prince or princess and they book one or two rooms; others only give their name, but they arrive with an entourage and fill eight or ten rooms or even an entire floor of the hotel, so they are the important ones,” says an employee at one of the most luxurious hotels in the area, for whom the Arab market is making this the best August for years.
Every client, with or without entourage, is given exactly what they want. And they usually ask for a great deal.
The first half of 2016 was an excellent period for the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport as it registered a 14.6 per cent increase in passenger numbers over the previous year. This is according to Airports Council International Europe (ACIS) which divides airports into categories depending on overall traffic volume.
Arabic tourists are staying longer than ever before, and spending more, too, with the first deluge of primarily Saudi citizens arriving from July 6, and the snowball effect is expected to continue well into September due to the Eid al-Adha festival, also known as the ‘Sacrifice Feast,’ taking place between September 11 – 18.
DESPITE political uncertainty, the lingering financial fallout from Brexit and recently being let off the hook by an angry Brussels over its growing budget deficit, the acting Spanish government released an optimistic economic forecast on Friday July 29.
Outlining its predictions for the next fiscal year, the government actually revised the growth forecast upwards from 2.7 per cent to 2.9 per cent, although the 2017 growth estimate was reduced to 2.3 per cent from 2.4 per cent previously.
THE provincial real estate sector continues to demonstrate signs of recovery, with the Official College of Architects releasing a series of figures, demonstrating that while 875 new homes were built between January and June 2015, a total of 1,223 over the same period this year represents an increase of 40 per cent.