Best August in history for Andalucia

Andalucia has enjoyed the best summer in its history as far as tourism is concerned, according to figure issued by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

Record tourist numbers in June 2013

According to a survey of tourist movements published today by FRONTUR, the number of foreign tourists visiting Spain during June 2013 was up by 5.3% on last year at 6.3 million and represents an historical record for this month.

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.

Number of international tourists on the increase

According to figures produced by FRONTUR and published by the Ministry of Industry, 7.9 million international tourists visited Spain in August, 5% more than during the same month  in 2011 and a new historical monthly record.

IVA hike and tourism

According to Exceltur, the tourism GDP could fall by 1.5% in 2012 with the increase in IVA (VAT) from 8% to 10% in the sector and turnover could drop by €2 billion if the increase is passed on to the consumer, which it undoubtedly will be from past experience.

Hotel sector pessimistic for the summer

There is pessimism in the hotel sector regarding the prospects for tourism this summer after it was noted that reservations by Spanish tourists are currently down by 30% on last year.

Good news for tourism

According to a survey, the Olympic Games in London could be good news for the Spanish tourist industry with around 10 million people trying to avoid the chaos by booking their holidays to coincide with the event. Most will apparently be heading to Europe with Spain named as the most popular destination.

More about tourism in Andalucia in 2011

The number crunchers are still busy with the figures for last year, this time telling us that revenue from tourism in Andalucia was €15,400 million, up 0.8% on 2010 thanks to the influx of almost 22 million visitors during the year.