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).
A total of 7.9 million international tourists visited Spain during July 2013, an increase of 2.9% over last year and the highest figure since 1995.
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.
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.
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.
The Councillor for Tourism in Competa, Tom Ferber (PP), died on Sunday at the age of 69 years after a four year battle against cancer. He was buried on Monday at the local cemetery.
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.
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.
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.
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.