The Andalucian Government Council has given the green light to a new Plan for Quality Tourism 2014-2020 with a budget of €20 million to promote tourism on the basis of quality, accessibility and sustainability.
According to the Ministry of Industry, a total of 9.1 million visitors spent at least one night in Spain in August 2014, an 8.8% increase on the same month last year and a new record.
The Minister for Tourism and Commerce, Rafael Rodríguez, currently believes that 2014 could turn out to be the best summer ever for tourism in Andalucia.
The August ‘puente’ heralds the start of the second half of the main holidaymonth and many coastal resorts are reporting almost 100% hotel occupancy.
The first half of 2014 apparently saw a record number of international tourists visiting Spain, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
Spending by international tourists in Andalucia amounted to €8,390 million during 2013, an increase of 8.3% over 2012.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced that the number of tourists visiting Spain in 2013 was an all-time record of 60.6 million and moved the country back into third place in most popular holiday destinations behind France and the USA.
The Costa del Sol closed 2013 having received 9.5 million tourists, an increase of five percent over the previous year and is expected to maintain growth in 2014. This bucks the national trend of decreases in tourist numbers.
A group of around 50 students from the faculty of Tourism at Malaga University have visited Nerja to study and investigate the tourism model used by the municipality and to see what attractions the town has to offer.
A total of 48.8 million visited Spain in the first nine months of this year, up by 4.6% over the same period 2012.