Spain Tourism records 68000 Indian visitors from JanSept 2015

first_imgSpain Tourism has recorded 68,000 Indian visitors and is optimistic to end the year with about 100,000 India travellers, realising a 10% increase in Indian tourists as compared to the previous year. The average length of stay is seven days and the average spend is up to EUR 2,000 per person including airfare, said Ignacio Ducasse Gutierrez, Director, Tourism Office of Spain, Mumbai, on the sidelines of the MICE and Leisure road show which concluded in Mumbai and New Delhi recently. The road show witnessed 11 suppliers including five Tourism Boards, hotel chains, Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Spain Embassy, New Delhi, a departmental store and Turkish Airlines.Gutierrez added, “35% of Indians to Spain are incentive and business travellers mainly to Barcelona and Madrid. Witnessing the growing demand and tourist traffic, we are promoting many other MICE-centric cities of Spain such as Malaga, Costa Del Sol and Andalucia. They have international airports and attractive facilities for hosting MICE groups. Moreover, the favourable weather conditions and diverse F&B offerings also add to the experience.”Gutierrez hopes to push the theme segments of MICE, luxury and shopping, honeymooners, fly & drive, active tourism, sports (especially football) in the Indian market by the next year. Spain Tourism also plans to unveil its online training program by Q3 2016 for updating the trade on Spain Tourism product offerings.Talking about direct flight challenge, he lamented that they had been pushing Air India for direct flight connectivity from Delhi and Mumbai to Madrid and Barcelona. “Last, Air India was considering of announcing direct flights to Spain but we haven’t heard of it so far. Time and again, we will keep pushing them,” he stressed.last_img

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