Nerja’s hotel visitor numbers increased by 11.31% in the first nine months of the year according to figures released by the Costa del Sol Tourism Board, with the Costa del Sol itself seeing the biggest increase in numbers of all the tourist regions in Spain.

The figures, collated by Spain’s National Statistics Institute, show that the Costa del Sol region received 136,000 more visitors than last year in the same period.

The only area in the Costa del Sol with a bigger increase in visitor numbers than Nerja, was Fuengirola, with an increase of 14.53%, followed by Nerja at 11.31%, Ronda at 10.13%, Benalmádena 8,76%, Torremolinos 8,22% and Estepona 2,83%. Total number of overnight stays also increased by 11%.

Tourists stayed an average of 3.72 days in the region’s hotels a 0.42% increase over 2012, with the occupation rate increasing to 58% from 55% last year.

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