Andorra has exceeded for the first time the threshold of three million tourists per year and has practically reached nine million overnight stays, in the period between December 2017 and November 2018.
These are the best figures since the Department of Statistics began collecting data in 2007, said Tourism Minister Francesc Camp at a press conference on Thursday.
In 2012, the country received 2.2 million tourists and since then has accumulated six years of growth.
According to Camp, they are numbers that, to a large extent, have been achieved by the increase of tourism in summer, where two million years ago it exceeded one million people.
The average stay of tourists also grows slightly, to be at 2.93 nights per person; by nationalities stands out of this 2018 the increase of French tourists, 4%, while Spaniards have grown by 1.6%.
The other nationalities also increase, by 3.4%, and in this category Camp has celebrated the recovery of Russian tourism after a few negative years.
8.3 MILLION VISITORS
With regard to the total number of annual visitors, which also take into account hikers – people who come to Andorra and leave on the same day -, it reaches 8.3 million.
They have accumulated four consecutive years of increase, although this 2018 the increase has been only 0.7%.
Camp wanted to highlight that ten years ago tourists and hikers had the same weight in the global tourism – adding entries for hikers and overnight stays of tourists – while today the latter represent 63% of the total.
Increasing the number of people who sleep in Andorra was one of the objectives of the current Ministry of Tourism, since they generate a greater impact on the economy of the country.