FIRST quarter figures confirmed the slowdown in the tourism sector.
Foreign tourists’ overnight stays fell by 1.6 per cent, found Exceltur’s Tourist Perspectives report.
Average visits have also shortened by two days over the last five years, the report revealed.
In contrast, demand from Spanish clients during the first three months of 2019 has grown with a 1.4 per cent increase in overnight stays for registered tourist accommodation and 1.7 per cent for hotels.
Nevertheless, Exceltur’s executive vicepresident Jose Luis Zoreda rejected suggestions that increased domestic tourism would compensate for the reduction in foreign tourists.
“These figures indicate, as we’ve been saying for some time, a shift in the competitive merits of Spain’s sun-and-sea offer,” Zoreda insisted.
“We need State policies that put their money on tourism and make major changes,” he said.