Friday, August 21, 2015

Some statistics for you

During the period January to July, Valencia received a total of 3.6 million foreign tourists, up 4% on the same period last year.

The Valencian community was the fifth most popular destination for tourists behind Catalonia (9.7 million), Canary and Balearic Islands (6.5) and Andalusia (5.1) In the first seven months of the year a total of 37.9 million foreign tourists visited Spain.- up 4.7% up from the previous year.

Last month was the best July on record with 8.8 million tourists, a growth of 6.3%.

The UK was once again top of the list in these first seven months with 8.7 million tourists, up 3.5%; followed by France with 6 million, up 7.8%, and Germany with 5.8 million, 1.3% more.

These three countries account for 54.5% of total arrivals.

The Nordic countries, with 2.9 million showed a decline of 4.6 compared to 2014; Italy, with 2 million (+7.3%); and the Netherlands, with 1.6 million (+4.1%).

The biggest rise was in tourist from the US - up 21.3% at 893,359 tourists. Tourist from South Korea, China and Japan in the first seven months grew by 40.9% overall.

80.9% of tourists arrived by plane and hotels were chosen by 63.5% of visitors.

There you have it, possibly boring figures for some but definitely encouraging for the country. Of course, the improved exchange rate has helped a lot - it certainly helps to make our lives more comfortable!

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