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Seven markets provide 72 percent of international stays in Andalucia grow above the national average

The Minister for Tourism and Trade Board, Rafael Rodriguez, yesterday presented the first report tourists made of to the region and concluded that Andalucía win market share with the seven international markets , which account for 72% of the overnight stays. Rodriguez said an average growth exceeding the national average and amounted to 6.3% recorded last year .

The Minister justified the preparation of this report , prepared by experts from the Ministry, to transform something that you have to know well and that the objective is to strengthen the destination to continue competing knowing the key demand of each country. ” To move forward it is important to know the characteristics of the market and draw conclusions for further holding . The study confirms a good position, but away from complacency , warns that we have a long way to go to establish Andalusia in these markets. We have not reached our ceiling. With this report we want to know the nuances of each of the markets” he said.

Tourists bring UK, Germany, France, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy account for more than 15.3 million overnight stays , representing 72.3% of the stays of foreign registered last year. ” Andalusia has an average higher than other locations and this has enabled us to gain market share , less the Nordic countries in which we have remained stable . Yet none of them are the first choice in Spain , so we have to move forward , ” he said.

The UK is the largest issuer , with 1.1 million tourists stayed in hotels and generated 5.5 million, a quarter of the stays of foreign tourists in Andalucia , after rising 7% in overnight stays during the past year . It follows Germany , which contributed 787,000 travellers staying in hotels, with 3.8 million overnight stays , with an average of 12 days and a rise of 3.8% in overnight stays.

But France is the country with better performance in 2013, with 2.2 million overnight stays , up 15.8% and is the third double-digit growth after rising 21 % in 2011 and 15% in 2012. Given this boom, the Ministry has scheduled a special action for the month of June. ” We are the second favourite destination in Spain for the French, behind Catalonia proximity holds this position historically ,” he said .

On the opposite side is that Italy is the only one of these seven , with 752,000 overnight stays recorded 7% less than stay. But Rodriguez framed this fall , which insisted that is lower than that recorded other Spanish destinations , the impact of the crisis which reduced the outputs of Italians abroad by 30% .

The Minister said that today will release data from the Institute of Statistics of Andalusia with the global tourism balance of the first quarter.

La Costa del Sol is consolidated. Meanwhile, the Tourist Board of the Costa del Sol yesterday stressed that the strategic and traditional markets are driving the increase in foreign tourists in Malaga coast , highlighting the growth in Germany , UK, France and the Nordic countries. ” Between January and April , Malaga airport has been a general increase in passengers arriving from international flights in total, 1,426,008 compared to 1,259,684 for the same period of 2013 , representing 13.2%, they said. However, there are exponential increases in Germany, which has posted 184,765 travellers so far this year, up 33%; Finnish, with 23% more, or Swedes, with 19.5 %. In the UK builds up nearly eight points and 539,597 tourists are overcome and in France with 94,371 , growing at rate of 8 %. The president of the Tourism Málaga – Costa del Sol, Elijah Bendodo also noted increases of 58% to 106% Turkey or Poland.

Source: Sur