12 Jan, 2010 @ 11:20
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Mixed news for Spanish tourism

THE Costa del Sol has returned to the top of the British tourist hotspot charts for 2010.

Malaga came second in the survey, carried out by internet flight search engine Skyscanner.

However, statistics revealed that bookings for Andalucian hotels fell by three million in 2009.

In total, tourists spent 916 million euros less than in 2008, according to figures released by the National Institute of Statistics.

Overall, tourism’s contribution to Spain’s GDP declined to 10.5 per cent last year, three-tenths of a point less than in 2007.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. I wouldn’t accept this survey by “Skyscanner” by any means because it was quite clear to myself and my team of workers that the number of Brits on vacation throughout 2009 was a greatly reduced number than that of 2008 and will be further reduced this year as people have fallen out of love with Spain for a number of reasons. Firstly the value of Sterling to the Euro in relation to what they can get for the Dollar or Yen. The “extras” that are included in their holiday packages in places like the US,Canada,Japan or Far East whereas in Spain they are expected to pay for them. The costs of Hotel or Private Rents in Spain compared to the other countries mentioned which have so much more to offer.The polite manner the client is treated in these countries compared to the Costas where some Hotel Staff and virtually ALL shop staff have absolutely NO TRAINING in OR IDEA of CUSTOMER CARE? Once lost, these customers are unlikely EVER to return!

  2. Spain, do a deal with the IMF,perhaps your masters in France and Germany, will give u a 2 for 1 deal with Greece when your corrupt and sleazy country finally goes bust. Bullshit and doing nothing is no longer an option for you.

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