According to data just released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), the number of overseas visitors to Andalucía – which of course, in addition to Málaga, also comprises the provinces of Cádiz, Huelva, Sevilla, Jaén, Córdoba, Granada and Almería – was a huge 15% higher in January of this year than that recorded for the same month in 2016, while visits from Spanish nationals also grew by nearly 11% over the same period…
Of all 17 of Spain’s autonomous communities, Andalucía saw by far the largest rise, with the Canary Islands registering an increase of 7.7%, while figures for Catalonia were down by 1.8%.
Over 13% of the 3.9 million overseas holidaymakers visiting Spain in January opted for Andalucía. As ever, British tourists accounted for the lion’s share of that number with 521,116 visitors – equating to 25.2% of the total – while 9.7% were from Scandinavia.
Following on the heels of a record-breaking 2016, tourism professionals are confident that 2017 will prove to be another landmark year.