Spain expects to receive 68 million foreign tourists in 2015 if international arrivals continue at this rate. Therefore, the official forecasts indicate a growth in the number of visitors in the three million visitors more than last year. The recent events in Tunisia will have no impact on the tourism market of Spain, according to the Spanish Confederation of Hotels (CEHAT).
As indicated by data published by the Spanish Confederation of Hotels (CEHAT), in June 2015 the number of foreign tourists in Spain has increased by 4%, and the result of this year will be increased by more than three million visitors more than in 2014.
The president of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels, Juan Molas, said that the issuing tourist markets, such as Britain, France and Italy tourist markets are “gaining force”. That is, the last two markets will grow by 5% during the two-month peak of this summer season.
Moreover, Molas also highlighted the good performance of issuing tourism markets such as Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland and Poland. However, according to forecasts by the Spanish Confederation of Hotels, the market with the fastest growing number of tourists this year could be the United States. “The relationship between the euro and the dollar and the growth in demand for cruises in the ports of Barcelona and Malaga could explain this increase,” – illustrates the president of the Confederation of Spanish Hotels.
With regard to the national economy, CEHAT expected the recovery in domestic demand this year. For the Spanish Confederation of Hotels, the Spanish customer has already become the main source of visitors in many regions.
As for the influence of jihadists after the attack in the city of Sousa (Tunisia), which left 39 dead, the Spanish Confederation of Hotels CEHAT believes that this incident will not affect the Spanish tourist market. “This North African country, with prices starting at 35 euros, is not supposed to be a direct competitor for Spain. It rather competes with Turkey and Bulgaria in particular,” – said Juan Molas.
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