ANDALUCIA hotel occupancy was up 4.2% year on year in July 2013 as more guests from both home and abroad enjoyed a holiday in the region.

A total 1.6m travellers headed to hotels in the south of Spain last month, around half of which were Spanish and half of other origin, according to the tourist board.

The figures put the region in the top three most popular Spanish tourist destinations, and behind the Balearic Islands and Cataluña.

This is the third consecutive month in which year on year hotel occupancy has increased in Andalucia.

An average 15% of all holiday makers in Spain have headed to the region for their summer break in 2013.

Provisional figures show Andalucian hotels have received a total 21m nightly stays over the summer season, a four percent increase on the same figure the year before.