Tourism numbers continue to fall in province


INE – the government number crunchers – have released their monthly tourism report for Almería. 85.115 tourists stayed in the province during March – 32,000 less than March 2007, 10,000 less than just two years ago. (source: Ideal)

What’s worse, as tourism figures pointed out, is that Easter, typically a strong period, fell during the end of this month.

Interestingly enough, out of these figures, 60.857 visitors were Spanish, and just 11.944 foriegn.

Actually, I’ve just been looking at the holiday figures for Almería, broken down into the four main holiday areas (Albox, for some reason, does not appear). Mojácar, for example, has had a better April than last year, but is still 50% down on 2006 figures. But the surprising thing is the difference between Spanish and foreign travellers for some area – in Roquetas del Mar, for example, just 1 in 10 of every tourist is a non-Spanish national. Hmm.

All months April Individual travellers
Spanish nationals
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
04013-Almería 20466 16653 18779 18268 14955 15361
04064-Mojácar 10887 13538 12993 20428 24648 9945
04066-Níjar 2885 2980 2177 4384 3393 2554
04079-Roquetas De Mar 26527 27048 20068 32657 38903 29258
Individual travellers
Foriegn nationals
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
04013-Almería 4429 3478 4650 3807 2740 2492
04064-Mojácar 2519 1979 3190 2165 5891 5254
04066-Níjar 850 676 874 730 717 891
04079-Roquetas De Mar 2557 4875 12800 13582 7918 5419

Hmm. Let’s graph this, for easy reading:

Spanish visitors to the Almeria region during April of the last  five years

Foreign visitors to the Almeria region during April of the last five yearsWell, Níjar is steady, but Roquetas seems to have seen the boom years come and gone – it’s now staying alive by being the Andalucian resort of choice for OAP’s on IMSERSO trips. 13 hotels affiliated to this scheme, last time I looked. Full board for 100€ a week? I’ll have some of that thank you – eh, Maria, look at all these guiri bars, I’ll stay well away from them, thank you.

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