HOTELS in Spain are offering bargain deals this summer as tourist numbers start to dwindle.

According to local media, the Spanish Hotel Confederation has said bookings from Brits have "started to slow" already – despite being just weeks away from the peak summer season.

Experts have said it is a combination of inflation as well as the current travel chaos which has seen huge airport queues and cancelled flights.

S&P Global Economics Director Paul Smith said in a report: "With elevated price pressures likely to persist in the near-term at least, demand – and with that activity growth – is set to be adversely impacted in the months ahead."

Some hotel chains are now offering deals even during the high season to entice tourists during the busy period.

Sun Online has found some of the biggest deals, including a night at the 4* PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort & Spa down to £166 rather than £299.

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Or a night at Petit Hotel Hostatgeria Sant Salvador is down to £91 from £122.

It's not the only problem the tourist industry in Spain is facing either.

Staff shortages mean hotels are struggling to fill as many as 200,000 jobs, with many hires having no experience in a bid to be ready for the peak season.

And Covid cases are spiralling too – Spain reported infections increasing by five times in the space of a week.

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Brits heading to the Canary Islands and the Costa del Sol could be forced to wear masks again if the situation continues to worsen.

Amós García Rojas, a Canary Islands public health official, said he couldn't rule out demanding mask indoors again “to protect the vulnerable”.

And the UK government has issued new travel advice for Brits heading to Spain this year due to a number of strikes planned across the country.

Both Ryanair and easyJet have strikes planned, which will cause problems at a number of airports in Spain.

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Affected airports will include Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza.

If you can wait until September when the chaos has died down, we've rounded up some of the cheap deals in the Canary Islands from £28pp a night.

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