A decline in tourist numbers into Egypt and Tunisia has resulted in a surge of visitors into Spain, with the Canary Islands benefitting almost exclusively.
Tourism GDP into Spain rose by 2.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, as recent civil unrest in northern Africa forces travellers to look elsewhere, AFP reported.
According to Spain’s Exceltur tourism trade association, the 2.4 per cent rise represented “the biggest increase of all sectors of the economy”, and has resulted in the organisation almost doubling its January tourism growth forecast for 2011 to 2.2 per cent.
Spanish tourism, which in recent years has struggled to compete with cheaper destinations Egypt and Tunisia, looks set to continue its surge with instability in the eastern Mediterranean predicted to continue, AFP reported.According to figures from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Spain slipped behind China to fourth place among the world’s most visited countries in 2010.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H