Spain breaks tourism record….again!

WTTC’s head, David Scowsill, says that Spain is expected having seen a 20 to 30% increase in the number of holidaymakers visiting the country this summer, with Portugal and Italy other beneficiaries of the rather tense current climate.

Costa del Sol officially Spain’s sunniest region

A comprehensive report released by the agency considers data from 1981-2010 and found that Malaga, the gateway to the Costa del Sol, clocks up a pleasingly round average of 3,000 hours of sun a year, the most in all of Spain.

Tourists from Gulf love staying in Marbella

In hotels in Marbella, they use an almost foolproof method to ascertain where visitors from the Gulf stand in the strict social hierarchy of their own countries.
“Some clients use the title prince or princess and they book one or two rooms; others only give their name, but they arrive with an entourage and fill eight or ten rooms or even an entire floor of the hotel, so they are the important ones,” says an employee at one of the most luxurious hotels in the area, for whom the Arab market is making this the best August for years.
Every client, with or without entourage, is given exactly what they want. And they usually ask for a great deal.

Malaga airport among Europe’s fastest growing airports

The first half of 2016 was an excellent period for the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport as it registered a 14.6 per cent increase in passenger numbers over the previous year. This is according to Airports Council International Europe (ACIS) which divides airports into categories depending on overall traffic volume.

Spain home sales rose almost 20% in June

HOME sales across Spain rose by almost 20 per cent in June, heralding a hugely significant increase, which led to the greatest number of private property transactions since January 2013.

August strikes record number of Arabic tourists in Marbella

Arabic tourists are staying longer than ever before, and spending more, too, with the first deluge of primarily Saudi citizens arriving from July 6, and the snowball effect is expected to continue well into September due to the Eid al-Adha festival, also known as the ‘Sacrifice Feast,’ taking place between September 11 – 18.

Take the plunge and get married in Marbella

Puerto Banus is to explore a new way to attract the global elite, with the opening of its first municipal wedding office, offering well-heeled clients the chance to tie the knot on one of the city’s sandy beaches.

Promising forecast for Spain as economic recovery defies politics

DESPITE political uncertainty, the lingering financial fallout from Brexit and recently being let off the hook by an angry Brussels over its growing budget deficit, the acting Spanish government released an optimistic economic forecast on Friday July 29.

Outlining its predictions for the next fiscal year, the government actually revised the growth forecast upwards from 2.7 per cent to 2.9 per cent, although the 2017 growth estimate was reduced to 2.3 per cent from 2.4 per cent previously.

Demand growing as property market picks up

THE provincial real estate sector continues to demonstrate signs of recovery, with the Official College of Architects releasing a series of figures, demonstrating that while 875 new homes were built between January and June 2015, a total of 1,223 over the same period this year represents an increase of 40 per cent.