The Costa Daurada region in Spain (including Salou, Cambrils, Vila-seca, La Pineda Platja) saw a rise in overnight stays from UK travellers during the summer season, according to the latest data from Catalonian tourism authorities.
From 1 May – 15 September, there were 1,733,106 overnight stays in hotels, campsites and apartments from UK guests in the region, an increase of 24.4% on the same period in 2015 (1,392,914 overnight stays).
There was also an increase in Irish visitors during the same period, with 519,344 overnight stays from Irish tourists, up from 431,333 in 2015 – an increase of 20.4%.
Overall there were 8,373,188 overnight stays from global visitors in the coastal towns of Salou, Cambrils, Vila-seca, La Pineda Platja during the surveyed period, an 8.2% rise on the same period for 2015 (7,741,536). Other markets that also saw an increase in overnight stays included Spain, Russia, France, Germany and Holland.
Figures release by Reus Airport showed that 599,743 passengers passed through the airport between January and August 2016, a 14.6% increase compared to the same period in 2015. Reus Airport stated that 60% of passengers passing through the airport during the summer months were travelling from the UK.
“It has been a very successful tourism season for the towns of Salou, Cambrils, Vila-seca, La Pineda Platja that make up the Costa Daurada region. The increase of UK and Irish visitors has been driven by new routes from Dublin and Liverpool in 2016, our increased standard of accommodation and reputation as a family-friendly destination with plenty of beaches, watersports activities and the theme park PortAventura to offer,” said Joan Antón Jiménez, the Managing Director of the Federation of Hostelry and Tourism in Tarragona (FEHT).