He has insisted the Costa Blanca resort is “green” and the decision not to put it on a par with Portugal and Gibraltar is “incomprehensible”.
Mr Perez has demanded a meeting with the UK Ambassador to Spain to find out more on the “reality” of the holiday destination.
Benidorm town hall officials pointed out today the cumulative 14 day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants is just 43 cases in the Valencia region, which includes the Costa Blanca region.
A town hall statement said: “Benidorm has better data than Portugal (58.9).
“The evolution of vaccination is also going at a good rate in the Valencian Community with the arrival of more vaccines in the last month, with 31 percent of people vaccinated with one dose, and 13.4 percent with the full vaccination schedule.
“For the mayor of Benidorm this situation is incomprehensible.
Last month, Mr Perez urged the UK and Spain to allow British holidaymakers to return to the area.
He said: “We know the Brits want to visit our wonderful beaches and embrace our marvellous sunshine — and that day can’t come soon enough for us, too.
“Benidorm without the Brits is just not the same. We are missing you as much as you are missing us.”
A number of expats have had to receive help to return to the UK as they have not been able to make a living without tourism.
This was the case for mum-of-three Lindsey Evers and her partner Peter Chadwick, originally from Halifax, who have to return to the UK 10 years after emigrating.
Lindsey has not been able to work in her job as a waitress and the family has been surviving with the help of a food bank run by Benidorm’s British Businesses Association while they arrange their return home.
Additional reporting by Natalia Penza.
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