Practically all of Spain has experienced a tourist boom this year and this particularly applies to the Costa Blanca, which this year is seeing historical record figures.
Last year more than 68 million tourists visited Spain, a figure which itself was an increase of 4.9% compared with the previous year. But this year it seems as if it’s going to be a further 6.5 million visitors, according to a new report from Exceltur. Alicante is one of the provinces which is increasing the most.
Despite warnings about heat waves and Tiger Mosquitoes. tourists are still attracted to Costa Blanca says Ana Perez Aloz at the tourist office in Altea. At the tourist office they have noticed an increase in traffic and in August there are even more tourists because now the Spaniards are having their summer holiday. The absolute numbers will not be available until the summer is over, but the newspapers are already speaking about record numbers.
Although instability in the countries of North Africa and Turkey has provided more tourists to Spain, it is not the only reason for the increase.
In recent years Spanish politicians have been focusing on developing the tourism industry.
Now we see the fruits of this work, says Perez Alos. The tourism has specialized in different parts of the country and os now offering much greater opportunities than the traditional package tours.
Record Traffic at Alicante Airport
On the last weekend of July 956 aircrafts traveled through Alicante Elche airport. On Friday there were 301 aircrafts with 50,342 passengers. On Saturday there were 347 aircrafts with almost 60,000 passengers and on Sunday there were 308 aircrafts with almost 52,000 passengers. That means this was the busiest weekend since the airport opened on 4th of May 1967.
It is still Britons who make up the majority of travellers on the Alicante Elche airport and these account for around half of all travelers. During the summer season, which lasts until November, so there are flights to 110 destinations of which 31 are new this year.