The Easter holidays have been a bath of optimism for the restaurant and nightlife sector. After two almost blank years due to the pandemic, the bars and clubs have filled up again, especially in beach towns such as Salou or Calafell.
According to a note from the Fecasarm employers’ association released this Tuesday, turnover has tripled when compared to a normal weekend thanks to the holidays and the arrival of travellers. “These figures allow us to be very optimistic about the tourist season,” highlights the president of the Tarragona Association of Restoration and Nightlife, Eduardo Abenójar. In his opinion, it is possible that the business figures prior to the health crisis will be exceeded in the coming months.
As Fecasarm points out, the sector’s forecasts have been met and “very good” data has been reached, even comparable to those of 2019 with an average occupancy of 80%. On Friday and Saturday some premises touched the full capacity, they point out.
According to the president of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Nightlife of Castell d’Aro, Platja d’Aro and S’Agaró, Jordi Díaz, there has also been a high influx of visitors which represents an injection of “oxygen” by the sector.
“It has even exceeded its most optimistic forecasts, with long queues to access restaurants during the four nights, full hotels and a very good influx in nightlife venues, for which we could speak of a global occupancy of over 90% on average,” he concludes.