We’ve come from the best, historic figures for tourism in the City of Granada (July 2019) to those that could be the worse, with a 70% drop during July.
During last year the city with its 232,208 inhabitants had over two million visitors producing 6.5m overnight stays. That’s equivalent to eight tourists for every resident.
Everybody knew that this year was going to be different but a 70% drop in overnight stays in hotels is staggering.
And it isn’t much better on the coast because July 2019 saw 195,703 tourists compared with the 76,182 for this July.
The blow to tourism has been cushioned a little by the surge in national tourism; i.e., Spanish tourists making up for the lack in foreign ones. In fact, foreign tourists made up only 15% of the total.
OK, the province of Granada isn’t on the level of Málaga; i.e., the Costa del Sol Malagueña compared to the Costa Tropical, which is why Nerja has suffered far more than Almuñécar as far as a lack of foreign tourism goes.
The Costa Tropical figures for July reflect 29,907 Spanish and foreign tourists, giving a 45% drop -remember, we are talking about hotel occupation; not the total number of tourists in general.
It’s also worth remembering that no country had recommended not travelling to Spain as a whole nor imposed quarantine on those returning during July. Neither had the new restrictions (nightlife sector, etc) come into being. Those details will be reflected in the August figures when they are compiled and published by the Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas (which provided the above figures.).
(News: Granada, Andalucia)