FOREIGN tourists to the Murcia Region have been staying longer and spending more. That’s according to Minister for Economic Development, Juan Hernandez, who added that the prospects for next summer are “unbeatable.”
The minister said they “have opened eight international markets with new products that have diversified the source of foreign tourists; bringing more tourists from more countries, reducing dependence on the major markets.”
Among these new markets are Italy, Poland and Israel as well as Denmark and Norway, attracted by the golf and nature tourism that is being promoted in Holland and Belgium.
During the first quarter of 2016, international tourism broke records, with 140,603 travellers who brought revenue of €128.8 million to the region. From January to March the number of operations at the airport of San Javier increased by 12.6 per cent compared to 2015, while international flights were up 31.5 per cent.
Passengers increased in this period by 36.3 per cent, of which 94.5 per cent were foreigners. The Port of Cartagena also received four cruise ships with almost 10,000 passengers on board, 38.1 per cent more than in the first quarter of 2015.