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Málaga hotels report strong growth

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The capital of the Costa del Sol has started 2011 with an increase in the number of people staying in hotels, according to a statement from City Hall on data from the National Statistics Institute (INE).

In January, hotels in Málaga registered 46,134 guests (+7,89%) and 87,562 rooms (+10,39%). These increases are the highest in the entire country, not only the rest of Andalucia.

International tourism, which accounts for 44.8% of the total figure, experienced the most growth in both guest numbers and stays. Hotels hosted 20,659 foreign tourists, 16.5% more than the same month last year.

The UK, with 2,752 passengers, remains the main source of tourists to Malaga. However, the number of tourists from France and Germany, are also on the rise.

Among the emerging foreign markets showing growth figures of over 100% are Sweden, with an increase of 449.28%, Denmark (164.76%), Finland (160.33%) and Japan (102.63%).

The number of Spanish tourists staying in Málaga also rose. A total of 25 474 Spanish stayed in hotels in the city, representing a growth of 1.8% over January last year.

The figures are believed to have benefitted from the new terminal 3 at Málaga airport, as well as an increase in the number of tourists choosing Málaga as a cruise destination. Cruise tourism leapt 35% last year (for more on this article, please click here).

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