Andalusia closed a historic August for tourism, thanks to the recovery of the domestic market, with hotels in the region registering 9.8 percent more overnight stays by Spanish nationals, totalling over four million, and 8.5 percent more Spanish visitors. “This data becomes more relevant when you consider that in the country as a whole, Spanish tourist arrivals has grown no more than 0.5 percent, which demonstrates that the positive balance is due to the buoyant Andalusian market,” said the Minister of Tourism and Commerce, Rafael Rodriguez.
This growth has again played a key role in the economic development of the province of Málaga, which in August registered an increase of 10.1 percent in Spanish overnight stays, exceeding 1.1 million, and a rise of 6.2 percent in the volume of Spanish visitors. This steady increase and the greater dynamism in foreign tourist arrivals, generated 11.1 percent more stays last month in the province.
The Minister stressed that August saw an end to 22 months of falling employment and broke the trend with a slight increase of 0.5 percent.
Diario Sur reported that these record figures have resulted in an upward revision of the forecast for the full year, from an initial negative estimate to an increase of 3.7 percent. In the accumulated figures until August, Andalusia received 10.3 million tourists, up 2 percent, and registered 30.5 million overnight hotel stays, up 2.5 percent.
The President of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board and the Malaga Provincial Council, Elijah Bendodo, stressed that the figure of 602,579 visitors in August “is the best of the last five years” when in 2008 it reached 625,399 visitors.
Bendodo went on to explain that since 1999, in only three years August has exceeded 600,000 visitors’ stays: 2007, 2008 and 2013, and said: “Our destination again confirms its strength, since August has brought to the province of Málaga another boost to an industry that is more and more becoming the key driver of the economy”.
He also stressed that the national tourism boom for the province is essential, since the number of these visitors had declined in the past two years, and which this August breaks the trend climbing to 324,620 people (also the third best figure since 1999).