Tourists continue spending in Andalucía

Tourists continue to arrive at Malaga
Tourists continue to arrive at Malaga

Following a record October for tourism numbers new figures released by central government this week show tourists spend an average of 732 million euros each month in Andalucía.

Up to and including October the total for 2011 currently stands at 7.3 billion euros showing an increase of 4.3% over the same period in 2010. The total spending for Spain for the same period currently sits at 47 billion euros.

Andalucia is at the top of the list of all Spanish coastal destinations and nationally is second only to Madrid for tourist revenue. Up to October tourists spent an average of 1,016€ during their holiday with an average daily spend of 90€.

Octobers figures contributed to the increase after a record month for tourism showed a 12% rise over 2010, 4% higher than the national increase. In October tourists spent 711 million euros in Andalucía which represents 15% of the total for all of Spain. The average spend for tourists during October was 956€ and the daily average was almost 100€ which was almost 10% higher than the same month last year. The central government has suggested that these results are in part due to an increase in British tourists.

Andalucía’s regional councillor for Tourism, Commerce and Sport, Luciano Alonso, said that “the region has recorded the best increase in income from international tourists ever for the January to October period, greater even that the increase in 2007, before the crisis set in”.

He also pointed out that this years tourism had so far brought Andalucía approximately 300 million euros more than during the same period of 2010. Only Andalucía and Madrid have surpassed an average 1,000 euros per tourist.

A recent Frontur survey indicated that there had been a 9.9% increase in international tourists visits to Andalucía during October and Alonso said that the new figure confirmed this. The British market added an extra 57,000 tourists to the numbers for the month.