Goal accomplished. White Beach surpassed the record of foreign tourists in ten months this year among those registered in 2019, the year before the pandemic and so far the best number for the sector. The latest number from the Statistics National Institute shows that the Valencian Community registered more than nine million foreign tourists until October, a figure that exceeds the more than half a million reached that year. historic year of 2019. Of all these foreign visitors, around seventy percent correspond to the Costa Blanca and the province of Alicante, so the figure for this period and the two months remaining until the end of 2023 exceeds six million and more than 350,000 more than what was achieved in 2019.
Both in Spain and the Valencian Community, the British market is the main issuer, although there are communities, such as the Balearic Islands, where Germany is the first market. In the case of the Valencian Community, Germany is not the second issuing market, but France is. Most arrived via the airport and did not have any tourist packages. With these numbers in hand, the president of the Generalitat, Carlos Mazon, took the opportunity this week to demand that the Central Government launch the second air runway at the Alicante-Elche airport, because everything shows that there are ten million tourists. Alicante airport alone registers a movement of more than one million passengers per month, a number that is expected to be beaten without problems because, in the last two months, there have been two bridges where the tourism industry has been able to expand for a long time beyond the summer months.
In the first 10 months of 2023, the number of tourists who visited Spain increased by 18.2% and exceeded 74.7 million. During the same period in 2022, 63.2 million arrived.
If the figure for 2023 is compared to the cumulative figure of the first 10 months of 2019, before the pandemic, tourist arrivals are 0.2% higher. The top emitting countries in the first 10 months of 2023 are the United Kingdom (with almost 15.5 million tourists and an annual increase of 14.3%), France (almost 10.4 million and an increase of 17.0%), and Germany (with more than 9.6 million, 9.4% more).
Catalonia It was the first main destination for tourists in October, with 20.4% of the total. They followed the Balearics (18.0%) and the Canary Islands (15.5%). Fifth is the Valencian Community, behind Andalusia. According to INE data, 1.7 million tourists arrived in Catalonia, 12.2% more than in October 2022. The main countries of residence for tourists from this community are France (with 18.6% in general) and the United Kingdom (9.7%). The number of tourists visiting the Balearic Islands increased by 9.0% and stood at close to 1.5 million. 36.0% from Germany and 27.0% from the United Kingdom. The third main destination community in terms of the number of tourists is the Canary Islands, with almost 1.3 million and an annual increase of 7.2%. The United Kingdom is the main country of origin.
New air routes
The construction of new air routes This is one of the reasons that allows it to increase foreign tourism in the Costa Blanca. After years marked by health restrictions due to the pandemic, the number of connections was limited, but it is now also increasing. This week, easyJet started the first of its promotional campaigns in Costa Blanca. The airline will establish a base in Alicante next spring and has announced ten new routes connecting Alicante, Southampton, Newcastle, Belfast City, Zurich, Prague, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Nice, and Birmingham next summer season. Likewise, the company Finnair will operate three weekly flights between Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández airport and Helsinki (Finland), the airline’s hub, during the summer of 2024, to continue its commitment to Alicante airport. The flights will operate every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting April 4, and they will ride in one of them, an Airbus A320.