May tourism update
Summer is looking bright on the Costa del Sol
Many tourists from overseas are choosing the Costa del Sol rather than other coastal areas from around the world due to its stability and safety that the area offers. With increased confidence in the economy, Spanish nationals are choosing to book holidays on the Costa del Sol also.
This has led to the Costa del Sol gaining momentum against other international competitors, making it one of the world’s most popular destinations with summer bookings increasing from the UK, Germany, France, Italy and from all over Spain.
Nearly 1 million visitors stayed in Costa hotels between November and February. This is a positive sign to as what the Costa del Sol tourist industry can expect for the summer of 2015.
The confederation of Spanish Hotels and Tourist Accommodation stated that the summer months are looking good as bookings for this period are already 7% higher than the for the same period last year. They have also recorded increased bookings of 2 – 3% from the British and other European countries.
Travel agents have reported that Easter bookings rose by 20% this year compared to last year. They stated that this was a sign of increased last minute bookings and that would be a big factor in the summer months also.
The 4th Starlite Festival in Marbella
The Starlite Festival began in 2012 and since then it has grown in strength and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Europe. Its runs from the 18th of July and finishes on the 22nd August. The setting is a restored quarry that sits above the town of Marbella and the main auditorium seats 2,200 people. There are private boxes available where you can enjoy a bottle of Champagne whilst watching the performance and have a chance of meeting the artist.
So far a number of acts have been confirmed and here are some of the more notable ones.
22/7 – Lenny Kravitz
25/7 – Placido Domingo
29/7 – Lionel Richie
31/7 – The Village People
5/8 – Julio Iglesias
9/8 – Starlite Gala hosted by Atonio Banderas
13/8 – Enrique Iglesias
18/8 – Anastacia
12/8 – Andrea Bocelli
Also on offer is a daily nightclub that starts at midnight and finishes at 6am and features some prominent DJ’s. Other nights include various music shows from some of the finest performers on the Costa del Sol.
The festival is not just about music; Starlite also celebrates other aspects of popular culture such as art, fashion and gastronomy. The Starlite Gala, hosted by Antonio Banderas is one of the largest charity events in Spain raising money for charities such as ‘Larimas y Favores’ and the cancer charity Cudeca.
Malaga airport breaking records again
Aena airport management has released a report showing that 7% more passengers used Malaga Costa del Sol airport during the first three months of the year compared to the same period during 2014’s record breaking year.
There were more than 2.2 million passengers that travelled through the airport in January, February and March according to the Aena report. March 29th was the busiest day of the year so far with the day recording 336 flights landing and a total of 47,580 passengers using the airport.
The month of March as a whole recorded over 900,000 passengers which was nearly as many as Palma de Mallorca airport which normally sits in third place amongst Spain’s busiest airports behind Madrid and Barcelona. These figures show the ever increasing popularity of the Costa del Sol and Andalucía.
Andalucía leading tourism recovery
Exceltur Alliance for Tourism Excellency has reported that Andalucía is leading the recovery in the tourism industry.
The report carried out by Exceltur showed excellent figures for the first three months of the year and has forecast even better results for the period between April and June. The report highlighted that seven out of ten businesspeople were expecting improvements on last year’s record breaking year.
The report showed that the national tourism sector was performing well and it noted that there was an increase in the number of Spaniards that were travelling again as they start to regain trust in the economy.
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