Foreign visitor figures in the region of Andalucía return to pre-crisis levels.

By | March 30, 2015

Foreign-visitor-figures-in-the-region-of-Andalucía-return-to-pre-crisis-levels In spite of a registered fall in the numbers of British holidaymakers coming to Andalucía, the marked increase in Asian visitors makes up for the shortfall.

International visitor numbers have risen more in Andalucía than anywhere else in Spain.

This is according to February’s figures which have just been released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

Some 415,576 foreign tourists came to Andalucía last month or 12.7 per cent of all those who came to Spain. This is close to the pre-crisis level recorded in February 2008.

The year-on-year rise in international visitor numbers to the region is 11.7 per cent as compared to the national average rise of 5.3 per cent
The figure was reached even though the number of British tourists has fallen. This has been compensated for by a rise in visitor numbers from Asia, Germany, France and Scandinavia.

Additionally figures published by INE (‘Instituto Nacional de Estadística’ or national office of statistics) position the Costa del Sol among the ten tourist zones in the country which registered the most overnight stays. Torremolinos and Malaga city are among the top 20 Spanish places with the highest number of hotel stays.

Turismo Costa del Sol, the tourist body which covers the whole of Malaga province, reveals that 459, 999 tourists stayed in the area’s hotels in February, a 6.3 per cent rise from the same period of 2014.

This is the third highest figure in history and at a level that has not been seen since 2008.

Turismo Costa del Sol has drawn special attention to three international tourist markets which have risen by 20 per cent or more – Belgium, Italy and Sweden.

Additionally last month a new record of foreign visitors to Spain was recorded – 3.2 million.

Couertesy: Sur in English

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