The Costa del Sol has seen an increase in Russian tourists by 11.3 per cent in the last year. Figures from the Costa's tourist board have shown that around 90,000 people from Russia visited the Costa del Sol last year.
Russian visitors are particularly beneficial because they tend to spend more money and stay for longer than other tourists.
The increase mirrors a trend that has been experienced across Andalucía, which has seen an increase of 15.5 per cent.
According to the regional tourism body: “For Andalucía, Russia is a country of particular interest because the population is around 145 million and its GDP is in the top 10 in the world, with a strong emerging market, including excellent opportunities for growth.”