Murcia tourism: Beyond Brexit

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THE Murcia Region’s reliance on British tourism has diminished significantly, dropping to 27 per cent from its pre-pandemic level of 43 per cent of international visitors. The Department of Tourism and Culture says that tourists from other countries are becoming more important, which means there are fewer British tourists in comparison.

Record Expenditure: Murcia Tourism Hits Historic High Despite Decline in British Visitors

Despite this shift, total foreign tourism expenditure hit a historic high last year at €1.256 billion, a 12.8 per cent increase pre-pandemic, according to Carmen Conesa’s department. The Murcia airport’s 24 routes, including ten to the UK, serviced by Ryanair and Easyjet, are being supplemented by new connections to Madrid and Barcelona with Volotea, aiming to extend tourism impact beyond peak seasons.

Airport Expansion: New Routes and Increased Capacity Drive Murcia’s Tourism Growth

For the ongoing summer season, the airport offers direct links to seven countries via eight airlines, boasting 858,400 seats—a 3 per cent rise from last year. The regional government emphasises the airport’s strategic role in tourism development which saw 1,090,954 passengers in a year.

Economic Impact: Murcia Witnesses Increase in Tourist Expenditure Outpacing National Average

With 103,905 foreign tourists arriving in the first two months of this year, nearly half via the airport, the region is witnessing a 17.4 per cent increase in daily expenditure compared to 2023, outpacing the national average of 5.9 per cent.

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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!