Málaga city remains among the fastest growing destinations in the main tourism indicators, with an increase of over 10% in the number of hotel stays in the period from January to July this year, and an increase of around 9% in both the number of visitors and the occupation rate.
A total of 587,934 visitors stayed in Málaga city hotels in the first seven months of the year (+8.79%), the Tourism Department of the City Council announced last week, citing data from the National Statistics Institute.
In their statement they said that these positive results have been possible thanks to the “extraordinary developments in the international markets”, which have grown in this period by 8.26%, and also to the “clear recovery” of the domestic market, which increased by 9.24%.
According to the Councillor for Tourism, Julio Andrade, Málaga is showing its strength and its potential as one of the fastest growing urban tourist destinations in Spain.
So far this year, only Madrid, with a growth of 11.2%, is ahead of Málaga for increasing visitor numbers, and following behind the provincial capital are: Córdoba (+8.1%), Zaragoza (+7.7%), Seville (+6.3%), Granada (+6%), Valencia (+3.2%), Barcelona (+2.3%) and Bilbao (+1.6%).
The city of Malaga also registered more growth than the whole province (+3.20%), as well as Andalucía (+3.10%) and Spain (+4.12%).
Moreover, Diario Sur reported that between January and July a total of 1,200,923 overnight stays were recorded in hotels in the city, which is 10.93% more than the same period of 2013. Of this total 704,607 overnight stays were made by foreign tourists (+8.7%) and 496,318 by nationals (+14.17%). The average length of stay stood at 2.04 days, which is an increase of almost two points, while the occupancy rate has increased nine points to reach an average of 67.62% of the available places.
In July alone, a total of 93,388 tourists (+1.9%) stayed in hotels in Málaga, which generated 206,752 overnight stays (+2.9%).
Never before have so many stays been registered in Málaga in the month of July, which, said Julio Andrade, confirms the excellent tourism forecasts made at the beginning of the summer by the City’s Tourism Department.