Costa del Sol tourism – Record breaking for 5th straight year
Spain has once again exceeded expectations and for the fifth year running broken tourism records. Considering the impact of the ‘crisis years’, this result is a tribute to Spain’s determination to come back fighting. It also demonstrates the eternal appeal of this culture-packed country.
The tourism data published in January 2018 indicates that Spain has now overtaken the USA to take the second place spot for the world’s most visited countries. And, the fact that it has been constantly rising for the last five years indicates that Spain has been building on a solid foundation to reap amazing rewards.
Tourism accounts for 11% of the Spanish economy, which is a significant percentage, and accounts for the hard work that has gone into ensuring that the rest of the world knows about the pleasures the country has to offer the holidaymaker. In 2017, there was yet another surge in visitor numbers, largely due to consumer concerns over security in other destinations such as Turkey and Egypt. Interestingly, the unrest in Catalonia and the terror attack in Barcelona have apparently not dampened tourists’ enthusiasm for Spain in the same way as similar events have discouraged people from travelling to other popular resort areas where similar events have taken place. In fact, Catalonia remained Spain’s most visited region, with only slight downturns after the Barcelona incident in August and the independence vote in October.
Tourism accounts for 11% of the Spanish economy, which is a significant percentage, and accounts for the hard work that has gone into ensuring that the rest of the world knows about the pleasures the country has to offer the holidaymaker.
The tourism data revealed that visitors to Spain rose by 8.9% year-on-year in 2017, equivalent to a new high of 82 million tourists, bringing it into second place behind the world leader France. However, many were delighted that Spain had managed to knock the USA back into third place. Furthermore, not only was there a rise in tourism figures, the amount of tourist spending also increased by 12.4% in 2017.
In terms of where the visitors to Spain came from, it is clear from the statistics that the British are still leading the pack. They represent the largest group by nationality and accounted for 18 million tourists, a figure that is up 7% over 2016. So much for fears over the weak pound and British visitors being put off by not having as much money to spend on holiday in Spain compared with previous years.
It seems safe to say that 2018 has the potential to be another record-breaking year for Spain’s tourist industry and as we know, many people who come to Marbella on holiday often decide to buy a property here so that they can keep returning to enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle and the top quality amenities the Costa del Sol has to offer.