Domestic tourism remains in decline

Around 14 million tourists have visited Andalucia during 2012, which is 2.4% less than during 2011. Foreign tourist numbers have increased, but this has been offset by a fall in domestic tourism.

Hotels in Andalucia registered 39 million overnight stays during 2012, 500,000 fewer than during 2011. Hotel occupancy over the Christmas period is expected to average between 40% and 50%. There are exceptions, such as the Sierra Nevada ski resort in Granada where occupancy rates are expected to be in the region of 70%.

Nationally, domestic tourism is down by 9.4% and overnight hotel stays are down by 11%.

Faced with excessively high unemployment, constant price increases, utility increases, VAT increases, healthcare increases, pay freezes or reductions, loss of bonuses, new or increased local taxes and sundry other items, it is hardly surprising that many Andalucians are travelling less often.

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