Did you know that an average of 25 million people visit Andalucia each year?
That’s a lot of people, and although the Spanish Tourist Board claim that 29% of foreign visitors still come to southern Spain mainly because of the climate, 26% now say they visit the area to experience its culture as well as its beaches, with destinations such as Cordoba, Seville, Cádiz and Granada high on the list of foreign visitors’ holiday agendas.
This desire to ‘stray off the beaten track’ has been aided by the general increase in the amount of information now available about the inland areas and cities of Andalucia, both by recent Spanish Tourist Board marketing campaigns abroad, and via the Internet.
In addition, the availability of cheap flights to the region’s airports from other parts of Europe, the relatively inexpensive car hire options from the Costa del Sol, and the improved road infrastructure inland from the Coast have all contributed to holidaymakers’ willingness to seek a more authentic Spanish experience.
Another interesting trend many in the travel industry are noticing is the holidaymaker’s desire to move away from traditional stays in hotels towards self-catering accommodation.
Despite the ‘credit- crunch’, and judging by the increased volume of rental bookings we’ve received so far this year over previous years is that people simply do not want to go without their holiday, but are looking at ways of better controlling their costs.
Staying in self-catering accommodation is one of the best ways not only to save money on the accommodation itself whilst keeping the standard of their accommodation high, but it’s also a great way to curb spending whilst away by taking the DIY approach and eating in more.
This certainly has been the theme pursued in many of the travel media over the past few months.
This move towards self-catering is made even more evident when you consider hotels are reporting significantly lower occupancy rates in 2009 than witnessed in previous years.
The holidaymakers must be staying somewhere!
Hasta luego, people!