Andalucía is expecting a record number of 30 million tourist visitors in 2018 according to an announcement made at the recent FITUR International Tourism Fair in Madrid
Presented by the Junta de Andalucía’s president, Susana Diaz, the projected figures would represent 4.5% growth compared to those recorded in 2017 and would be another record year for the region which includes the Costa del Sol.
With several new routes to and from Málaga airport creating easier access to the region along with considerable investments into infrastructure along the coast, the Costa del Sol is well prepared to accommodate the surge in tourist numbers.
Boasting Europe’s warmest year round climate, Spain has emerged stronger than ever from the financial struggles of the 2008 crash as one of the worlds most popular countries, recently surpassing the USA to be ranked the worlds second most popular destination.
Traditionally Spain’s most visited regions, Majorca and Catalonia have both experienced restrictions in tourism development following local opposition to rising tourist numbers. However, according to Susana Diaz, Andalucía still views tourism as “an opportunity, a source of wealth, employment and wellbeing” and has no such plans for limits or tourist taxes.
Andalucía enjoyed a sharp annual increase in tourist numbers in 2017 welcoming 29.5 million tourist visitors throughout the year and is now poised to position itself as one of the worlds most visited tourist destinations.