Following a record 82 million tourists arriving in Spain last year, tourism figures for the first half of 2018 are looking rather disappointing. Between January and June, the number of tourists visiting Spain fell by 2.2% - a drop of nearly one million - compared with the same period the year before, according to figures published by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE).
Luxury hotel chain, Four Seasons, is coming to Marbella beachfront in an effort to attract more ‘luxury tourism’. Occupying 700 metres of beach, the land is owned by Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts – a luxury brand in itself. Construction of the new beachfront hotel will begin as early as October 5th when a ceremony will be held for the laying of the first brick – testament to just how important and huge this project will be.
Spain’s tourism sector has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years and international tourism is booming. In 2017, the number of nights spent in a Spanish hotel by rose by 2.7% to 340 million. A breakdown of the figures show that overnight stays by tourists (non-Spaniards) rose by 3.73% to 225million, while occupancy rates for residents grew by 0.7% to 114.2 million.
More than 7 million tourists visited the Costa del Sol this summer, the highest number ever achieved, according to the Turismo Costa del Sol and employment body AEHCOS. The Costa del Sol has long been a top destination for international visitors, but its popularity reached new heights this summer after welcoming over a record breaking 7 million tourists, representing a rise of 5.2% on last year. The region is estimated to have received €7.15 billion from tourist spending this summer season, making it the best in history says the head of AEHCOS, Luis Callejón.
Unemployment levels in Spain rise slightly in August, after holiday season draws to a close. During the month of August, the number of people registered as unemployed in Spain stood at 3,382,324, a rise of 1.4% (or 46,400 people), according to latest government figures.
It could be another record breaking year for tourist numbers in Spain this year, with nearly 90,000 flights scheduled to fly into Malaga airport alone this summer. The wave of flights amounts to almost 500 flights per day, bringing a total of 15.5 million tourists to the Costa del Sol.
Malaga’s iconic Tivoli World amusement park is to receive a €300 million makeover, a move that will create thousands of new jobs and boost tourist numbers in the area. The park, located in Benalmadena, will undergo a full modernization which will see the addition of 43 new attractions as well as the construction of a new commercial and leisure centre on adjoining land.