Tourism tsunami: Murcia breaks records

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THE Murcia Region has shattered its historical records for tourist arrivals and overnight stays in accommodations during January and February.

Record-Breaking Tourism Activity in Murcia

With a remarkable increase, these two months saw 207,265 travellers generating 678,353 overnight stays, marking year-over-year increases of 10.2 per cent and 12.6 per cent respectively. This data, sourced from the National Statistics Institute’s Collective Accommodation Occupancy Surveys, signifies unprecedented tourism activity.

Notable Increases in Visitor Volume

Notably, Murcia experienced a 10.2 per cent rise in visitor volume compared to the same period in 2023, outstripping Spain’s 7 per cent increase. The increase is particularly pronounced in international tourism, up by 19.1 per cent (compared to Spain’s 14.8 per cent rise), with domestic tourism also climbing by 7.4 per cent.

Remarkable Increase in Overnight Stays

Regarding overnight stays, Murcia saw a 12.6 per cent annual increase, surpassing Spain’s 7.9 per cent growth. Foreign tourists extended their stays by 13.3 per cent compared to 2023, while domestic tourists increased theirs by 11.7 per cent.

Potential Surpassing of 2023’s Tourism Records

Juan Francisco Martínez, Director of the Tourism Institute (Itrem), confirmed these milestones, hinting at a potential surpassing of 2023’s tourism records.

Murcia led in rural accommodation growth and ranked second in camping and apartment stays. The camping sector registered a 29.5 per cent rise in visitors, indicating a robust tourism industry.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!