Despite the hotelier sector announcing that many hotels on the Costa Tropical will close soon, the chiringuito sector is determined to hang on, until October at least.
The reason is that their takings this summer, especially this month, have been better than expected, with national tourism saving the day.
Only a month ago they were saying that if the hotels closed, they would too, so this change in intention is a very welcome one for the local tourist industry.
The idea is to hold on to the bank holiday in October (12th) then decide what to do depending on how it has gone. It is hoped that the good weather will hold until then.
The Chairman of the Asociación de Empresarios de Playas de la Costa Tropical, Francisco Trujillo, says that their association has 60 chiringuitos amongst its members and that the September figures are much better than hoped for. Weekend reservations continue and although they won’t be able to count on foreign tourism this winter, he considers that they can hold on.
Editorial comment: I’ve got an idea; let’s show our chiringuitos that they can count on foreign trade – that of foreign residents. All it takes is for each of us to go to a chiringuito to have a meal at least once next month before the 12th.
There are hundreds of foreign residents on the Costa Tropical, so let’s give them a hand. OK, it might sound corny, but this place will be a lot duller with all the chiringos closed, so let’s do something about it?
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)