The head of the Costa del Sol tourist board, Francisco Salado, said last week that Malaga province had had its best winter season ever.
Data published by Turismo Costa del Sol shows that 2.8 million passengers arrived at the airport between November last year and March this year, which was a 7.8 per cent increase on the same period a year earlier. There was also an increase in arrivals on cruise ships and by rail.
The analysis shows that 1.9 million tourists stayed in registered tourist accommodation over the winter months, up 2.6 per cent on a year earlier. Announcing the data, Salado added that the average amount spent per hotel room had also increased by 3.5 per cent.
As usual, British visitors were the biggest group of foreigners arriving over winter, although in terms of passengers at the airport, increases in visitors from Finland, Sweden and Germany were particularly high.
For the summer season, Turismo Costa del Sol is predicting 7.3 million visits to the area from June to September this year, some 3 per cent more than last year. Salado said that Brexit appears to be having very little effect on demand from British visitors.