Spain helped by Middle East conflicts and inflation in Turkey
Spain is clearly benefiting from the turmoil in the Middle East and from rising prices in Turkey. Taking its key incoming market of the UK as an example, tourist arrivals increased by 9.2% to more than 11.1 million people for the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2010. This year has been “one of the best years ever for UK tourism to Spain”, according to the Spanish Tourist Office, with arrivals for the peak summer season between June and September rising 8.1% to 6.7 million tourists. The island destinations of the Balearics and the Canaries have benefited the most.
Another trend is that an increase in popularity of tour operator programs this summer has led to a rise in the proportion of package holidays in Spain to 35.5% of total visitors.
[pictured: Santa Cruz de la Palma]