Tuesday, January 22, 2008

13.5 million visitors to Malaga in 2007

Malaga has continued to be a most popular spot last year, with 13.5 million people flying into the province's airport.
Figures released by the Spanish Airports Authority show that the number of people who arrived in Malaga in 2007 was 3,9 per cent up on the previous year.

The UK continued to be the largest source market for the Costa del Sol destination, with 2.5 million arrivals last year, up by 0,3 per cent on 2006.
While there were more visitors from the UK than any other country, it was France, Ireland and Germany to see the largest increases in numbers, of 15,6, 6,8 and 5,7 per cent respectively.
The rise in German visitors puts the country in third place in overall visitor numbers, behind passengers from other airports operated by the Spanish Airports Authority.
Across the rest of Europe, fewer Swiss citizens visited Malaga in 2007, while the number of travellers coming from Denmark increased by a quarter.

The popularity of holiday destinations such as Malaga continued to prove an important factor in the travel market last year as Spain welcomed 59.7 million visitors, new figures reveal.
This was an increase of 2.2 per cent on the number of people who visited the world's second most popular destination in 2006, according to Exceltur, Spain's main tourism trade body.

A number of factors are thought to have contributed to the growth, including the rising popularity of city breaks and the ongoing growth of low-cost airlines.
According to Jose Luis Zoreda, executive vice-president of Exceltur, Spain is set to enjoy further success this year: "For 2008, we expect 60.7 million tourists in Spain".

The sun and beach segment, of which destinations such as Malaga are a vital part, was among the many sectors to grow last year, with an increase of 0,7 per cent in visitor numbers.

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