Bri­tons boost tourism

A third of vis­i­tors to Va­len­cia region come from the UK

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Jones and James Parkes [email protected]­news.es

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.

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