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This is a very positive sign considering the number of flights to Malaga has dropped by 4.5% this year, showing that the Costa del Sol is still a number one holiday destination, despite the current financial crisis.
The Spanish Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism reported that in June there was an increase of 4.7% in the number of tourists compared to June last year. It was also reported that the average spend per traveller has increased by 3.8%, In Andalucia there was a 5.5% increase in average spend per traveller.
The American market is reported to be the market which is contributing the most to the growth in spends after discovering the area thanks to Michelle Obama’s visit.
Local newspapers have reported a great August which has seen a number of top hotels being fully booked throughout the month. A number of these high end hotels are favoured by people to whom money is no object, creating a positive effect on the luxury market in Marbella.
However it is not just the super rich who are flocking to the Costa del Sol, the busy streets, traffic jams and endless queues to get parked shows that tourists are here in their numbers.
Take a walk down the Paseo and it’s a battle to pass through the crowds without bumping into someone, stroll through the Old Town and you can barely get in the door of the little boutique shops.
This can only be a positive thing for businesses and homeowners alike on the Costa del Sol, more visitors’ means more spending and with hotels turning down bookings; this is great news for people owners renting their property on the Costa del Sol.