Malaga hotels record 16% growth in August

According to the latest Hotel Situation Report produced by the National Institute of Statistics in Spain (INE), the hotel sector in Malaga had “the best August in history”, showing stellar growth of 16% in the number of guests staying in the hotels of the city.

The hotels in Malaga registered a total of 105,226 guests in August. This is 15.98% more guests than in August 2011. These guests recorded a total of 230,952 overnight stays, which translates into an increase of 6.53% when compared with the same month last year.

This growth now places hotels the hotels in Malaga ahead of the hotels in many of the main cities in Spain like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville,Valencia, Cordoba, Zaragoza and Granada.

In addition to these positive overall guest numbers, the occupancy rate in Malaga during the month of August also reached 82.23%, with an average stay of 2.19 days. According to Damian Caneda, the local councilor for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Malaga was the city destination which experienced the highest growth in Spain during August. Caneda reports that this was due to “the excellent performance of international markets”.  In all, some 55,465 foreign tourists stayed in the hotels of Malaga with some 122,499 overnight stays. The national market however was “more moderate” due to “the current difficult economic situation in Spain”. A total of 49,761 Spanish tourists stayed in Malaga hotels in August, representing a decrease of 5.58% on last year.

The most important city hotel destinations in Spain are still those in Andalusia, Madrid and Catalonia. The figures achieved in August are better than July, when the number of guests staying in hotels in the city of Malaga rose 7.47% to 96,616. Also, for the first time in July, Malaga hotels recorded more than 200,000 overnight stays.

So far this year the figures for the tourism sector in Malaga are demonstrating very good results. Between January and August a total of 652,206 tourists stayed  in the hotels of Malaga, representing year-on-year increase of 6.53%. Of this total 318,155 were guests from other parts of Spain and 334,051 from abroad.

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