30% growth in national travelers to Marbella

3 April 2014

There has been a substantial increase in the number of Spanish tourists who visited Marbella during February, 30% more than during the same month the previous year, according to Councilor for Tourism, Jose Luis Hernández. There was a 30% increase in the number of Spanish visitors overnight stays to Marbella during the same period, explained Mr Hernández during a recent press conference.

The increase reflects a reactivation of the Spanish tourism market, with a transfer of confidence in the general economy, since the numbers went up quite strongly. It has now broken the recent downward trend for the town, according to Mr Hernández. The councilman pointed out that the number of national and international visitors to the resort town tend to become even, although he admitted that the prevalence of foreign travelers is still quite superior. Foreign tourism in February accounted for 65% of Marbella’s visitors and 77% of the overnight hotel stays, while three years ago the numbers were almost 50 percent.

The number of tourists visiting the town in February rose 19% when compared to the same month in 2013, numbers that break the downward trend behavior of previous years during the winter months. This is very encouraging when compared with data recorded in the rest of Andalucia, which shows an increase of 5.6%, with Spain generally having an increase of 6.5%. Marbella Taxis have also registered a strong increase in airport transfer demand from Marbella which also points to a growth in the market.