Spain holidays being DITCHED by Brits as Costa resorts suffer over Brexit panic

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With uncertainty over Britain’s future relationship with the EU, people are clearly thinking the safest bet is to stay at home.

Benidorm has typified sand, sea and sun for Brit holidaymakers since the 1960s but the Costa Blanca resort has been hit hard.

The town balloons from 70,000 to 500,000 people in peak season and half the visitors are from the UK.

There has been a 15% drop in tourists so far this year compared to 2018, and businesses are in no doubt that Brexit is to blame.

“We’ve noticed a big difference from last year when we had a lot of enquiries from the UK”

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James, a Brit who set up a holiday self-catering business in a village, 20 minutes from Granada, in the south of Spain is feeling the pinch.

He told Daily Star Online: “We’ve noticed a big difference from last year when we had a lot of enquiries from the UK.

“So far this year we have had none other than friends. It is very clear that there has been a big difference and we are having to change our approach to cater for people from Spain and other countries.

“There are definitely a lack of people wanting to come with people worried about passports and adverts about government checks over whether you can travel etc.

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PANIC: Tourists are staying away (Pic: GETTY)

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BENIDORM: A typical summer on the Costa Blanca (Pic: GETTY)

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TOURISM: Benidorm is a Brit hotspot (Pic: GETTY)

“People are watching the pennies and you have a situation with the euro to pound fluctuating a lot.

“I have spoken to a lot of other people with businesses in tourism here as well and they are all noticing the impact of Brexit on them. There is real concern.”

The UK was due to leave the EU on March 29, this year but now it has been put back six months until October 31, as politicians seek to thrash out a deal.

British citizens have been told they would be allowed to stay without a deal and given up until the end of 2020 to arrange residency by the Spanish government.

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HOLIDAY: Hotel bookings and apartment lettings are down (Pic: GETTY)

But that doesn’t help the tourism industry.

A Spanish business leader has said that a hard Brexit would be “catastrophic” for Spain.

“Spain is one of the main markets for tourism and investment from the UK and so a hard brexit would be a brutal risk,” said Fernando Salazar, president of CESCE (Corporation of Insurance Credit Exportation).

Britain is the country with the largest number of holidaymakers that travel to Spain with 18.5million in 2018, 22.3% of the total.

It is estimated by Exceltur, a lobby made up of the 27 most important tourism companies in Spain, that the country could lose two million tourists a year with a hard Brexit.

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