Britons boost tourism
A third of visitors to Valencia region come from the UK
BUOYED by an increase in the number of British visitors, the Valencia region’s tourism industry had a booming October.
The figures from the government’s Frontur-Egatur survey – produced by the national statistics office (INE) – showed that 855,849 foreign tourists visited the area, an increase of 5.3% on the same month last year.
Nearly a third of these hailed from the UK, a total of 270,021. According to the INE report, this represented a rise of 11.6% on the 2017 October figure for British visitors.
A spokesman for the regional department for tourism noted that the largest percentage increase had come from the Italian market, with numbers up by a whopping 68.4%, followed by a 25.5% rise in the number of German visitors. He explained that foreign tourists had spent €777 million in the Valencia region during October, up by 4.5% on the previous year.
The spokesman highlighted that €225 million of the total had come from the pockets of British visitors.
Regional secretary for tourism Francesc Colomer said: “Outside of the main season, these are very encouraging figures.
“And this is what we are aiming for – to bring more tourists to the region all year round.”
He commented that tourism is no longer a ‘fortuitous’ phenomenon, but a consolidated industry which is a ‘fundamental sector of the Valencia economy’.
According to Sr Colomer, there is still room for the industry to grow in the global market.
He explained that in the first 10 months of the year 8,278,401 foreign tourists visited the Valencia region, a rise of 2.5% on last year’s figure.
The figure has been achieved with increases in the numbers of Italian visitors (up 19%), Belgians (up 18.3%), Dutch (8.6%) and Germans (7.3%) – and even with a slight fall in the number of British tourists (down 0.2%).
Holiday weekend boost
Good weather forecast for this bank holiday weekend (it was a Constitution Day yesterday Thursday - and Immaculate Conception day tomorrow - Saturday) is expected to boost bookings in the weakest month of the year for Costa tourism.
Hoteliers association Hosbec is expecting Benidorm hotels to be 95% full on average and some had no vacancies throughout this week.
A high-pressure weather system will see temperatures climb above 20°C at the weekend.