THE former head of Malaga’s Tourism Board, Ana Gomez, has died aged 64.
The tourism chief, who was also a councillor at Malaga City Council, has died.
The lawyer, who started her career in tourism at the Provincial Council, was twice manager of the Tourist Board and was also a councillor at Malaga City Council.
Ana Gomez died last night in Madrid at the age of 64, prompting messages from the business and tourism sector.
Although she had been living in Malaga, Ana Gomez was born in Lucena in Cordoba and was an official at Malaga Provincial Council, where she became manager of the Tourist Board.
In the Junta de Andalucia, Ana Gomez was Vice Minister of Tourism, General Director of Tourism Development and Promotion, delegate of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism in Malaga and General Director of European Affairs and Foreign Cooperation. She was also manager of the Malaga Planning and Development Society (Sopde) and a councillor at Malaga City Council.
The news comes after figures showed UK tourists are choosing Spain as their most popular destination this summer.
Travel company Skyscanner, said new data suggests Britons are planning holidays to Spain from August.
Experts said Spain is “the top destination booked by UK travellers on Skyscanner immediately following recovery roadmap announcements, with the most popular outbound month being August.”
The data also showed the areas in Spain that are most popular with UK tourists, including Malaga, Mallorca and Ibiza.
It said: “The top booked destinations in Spain are Malaga, Palma and Ibiza.
“Spain has historically been the top searched destination by UK travellers on Skyscanner.”
According to the experts, prices for holidays to Spain are currently up to 25 per cent lower during summer than they were last year.
Spain sees an average of 18.01 million visits each year from UK tourists.