Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 17:37
Andalusian hotels are on track to closing out the year with a record 53.7 million stays, 7% more than 2022.
Regional minister of tourism Arturo Bernal revealed the figures after pointing out that the first three quarters of the year resulted in 43.6 million nights booked, 6.9% more than in the same period last year.
The National Statistics Institute (INE) data, collated by the regional ministry of tourism, also revealed that the province of Malaga accounts for 39% of the overnight stays generated until September in the whole region with a total of almost 17 million. Some 7.5% more nights were booked in hotels along the Costa del Sol than last year, according to the figures.
Bernal said: "Andalucía will reach one of the best historical records in stays in 2023, with excellent evolution in hotel accommodation throughout the region." According to data from the INE's hotel occupancy survey, the monthly report on the hotel trade in the region shows an increase in the international market, with 19% more tourists and a 16.6% rise in overnight stays.
The minister of tourism added that Andalucía maintains its position as the leading destination for the domestic market, with 21.6% of overnight stays, and the fourth option in the country for foreigners.
He also pointed out a general growth in the hotel sector in the region, with all eight Andalusian provinces experiencing increases, with a 13.3% rise in Seville, 7.5% in Malaga and 6.8% in Cordoba. Stays in Almeria increased by 5.4%, in Granada by 5.3%, in Cadiz by 5.2%, in Huelva by 3.3% and in Jaen by 0.6%.
A key factor has been the good figures for September, which brought an end to a historic summer. The Junta de Andalucía revealed that Andalusian hotels welcomed two million tourists last month, 2.7% more than the same period in 2022. The minister also pointed out the impact the good results have had on employment and said that in the first nine months of the year, 8.7% more jobs have been created, reaching an average of 39,681 people employed in the industry.
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