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.
Airport arrivals rose by 1.6% whilst the number of nights tourist’s stay for climbed by 2.36%. The growth of visitors to the Costa del Sol can be attributed to a number of reasons including political instability and heightened terror threats in countries which were previously popular with European tourists, forcing people to choose alternative holiday destinations.
Rising tourist numbers has also been driven by the foreign markets, especially those from the UK; the number of Brits visiting the Costa del Sol this year jumped by 7%.
Tourist numbers are not expected to dwindle over the coming months, despite the summer season ending. Between November and January Malaga airport is expecting 12% more passengers than it welcomed the same time last year.
Source: The Olive Press
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