A busy summer beach

Despite fears caused by the financial crisis affecting most families, tourism figures for the first half of August have exceeded all expectations and now look likely to beat last year’s recent record for foreign tourist arrivals.

In particular, the British, Germans and French have enjoyed the Spanish sun once again, with the majority taking holidays in the Canary and Balearic Islands, as well as Catalonia. Part of the reason is thought to be a return to closer shores, spurned by conflicts in countries like Egypt, which has seen a huge drop in tourism as a result of the problems there.

Although international tourism has increased, it is not the same for the domestic market, despite how the busy roads might seem, largely blamed on low employment rates and Spanish families still living through the financially trying times.

Ramón Estalella, secretary general of the Spanish Confederación Española de Hoteles, or CEHAT for short, said in a statement that, “The expectations are being met and in general, and hotels are full”, then explaining how August the 15th is a key date when hotels aim for full occupancy.

“The first half of July, remember, was quite week, but in the middle of last month reservations became encouraging”, he continued, “Balearic and Canary Islands are having a particularly good season. Entrepreneurs and experts agree that it is more than likely this year that tourism will exceed the 15.5 million foreign tourists in July and August 2012. And at the end of the year, it is expected that figures will show a record of 59 million visitors, more than 2007, the best year on record so far.

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