ALMERIA Province had a record number of foreign visitors this summer. The tourist sector is unsure as to how this happened, describing it as “somewhere between a tourist revolution and a miracle.”
Three routes to Birmingham, East Midlands and Dusseldorf had been discontinued, along with a reduction in charter flights from Belgrade, Helsinki, Oslo and Aalborg. Overall this added up to a 30 per cent reduction in international passenger traffic for El Alquian airport, which lost all of the passengers it gained between January and March. In July it was one of Spain’s worst-performing airports.
Happily, these discouraging figures do not tally with occupancy statistics. The province received 28,108 foreign tourists in June, almost double those of June 2014. This rose to 37,153 in July, 6,000 more than in during the same month last year.
A total of 698,404 people stayed in Almeria Province between January and August, the best seven-month period since the 748,172 registered in 2008.