Marbella council has said that the number of visitors to the resort increased by 18 per cent in January compared to the same month last year.
Almost three quarters of the total 28,630 visitors were foreign tourists, the data shows. In separate data released by national government, the number of hotel nights booked in January in Marbella rose by 14 per cent on 2017. Foreign visitors' stays in hotels in Marbella increased by 20 per cent.
This compares well to national data, where foreign hotel guest numbers increased by under one per cent.