Head over to the Costa del Sol
Europe’s recent economic woes haven’t been easy for anyone, but some have suffered more than others. Spain, a nation with a staggering trade deficit, plummeting real estate prices, and record unemployment has been especially hard-hit If a silver lining exists, it must be the booming tourist-trade. In 2011 and 2012 it was the single fastest growing industry. Spain’s future as a significant player in European affairs depends on its ability to reverse recent economic trends, and it is no exaggeration to say that the tourist industry may make all the difference.
For many tourists, especially in the UK, the quintessential European holiday is a visit to the Mediterranean coast, to soak up sun, history, culture, and cocktails. In recent years budget conscious travellers began seeking bargains on the beaches of Turkey and North Africa; bad news for traditional destinations. Political unrest has now reversed this trend, as pleasure-seekers shy away from danger and discover that prices have plummeted in Spain. Many who never dreamed it now find the coast of Spain within their budget, while veteran travellers have a good excuse to go back and stay longer.
The beautiful Andalusia shore is the home of the Costa del Sol, a region whose economy is overwhelmingly dependent on tourism. Far from feeling jealousy or resentment at the relative prosperity of travellers from the UK and beyond, the residents of the “Coast of Sun” are extremely grateful for these visitors who bring an infusion of capital to the local economies; tourism means the difference between thriving and merely surviving for the residents of this region. Historic resorts like family-friendly Benalmadena, exciting Torremolinos, and charming Estepona are heavily dependent on tourists, and the money spent at their restaurants, bars, and shops is the lifeblood that allows these towns to survive.
The expansion of the tourist economy has also allowed diversification along the Costa del Sol, with options available for all budgets and style of travel. From high-end luxury to family friendly resort holidays to worry-free and all-inclusive packages, it is now possible for anyone to experience Spain in their own way and at their own pace. There are also a dizzying array of options for planning and booking, from old-fashioned tourist agencies to cutting-edge online planners. Most travellers feel safer sticking with licensed travel groups like TUI Travel PLC, which has many reliable affiliates, like First Choice, a company that specialises in All-Inclusive bookings. You can see their latest deals on Costa del Sol holidays by clicking here.
All-inclusive means just that; booking in this way means your holiday package includes flight, lodging, transportation, meals, excursions, entertainment, and even drinks. These holidays packages are a smart move for travellers, but also good news for Spain’s economy; relationships with local business and knowledge of the area means tourist money goes to better restaurants, safer lodgings, and honest bars, shops, and taxis. All-Inclusive means a better, safer experience, which leads to repeat visits and good word-of-mouth; everybody wins. Spain’s economic future remains uncertain, but cautious optimism is in order. As long as there are holiday-seekers interested in affordable luxury, Costa del Sol’s tourist industry will thrive, and that may make all the difference for Spain.Scott on Google+