FIGURES RELEASED on Tuesday by the Valencian Region Tourism Director, Francesc Colomer, show the community had the best Holy Week ever recorded.
With Easter falling later in the year and also coinciding with a long, settled period of hot, sunny weather conditions, visitors flocked to the region in their droves.
Hotels showed full occupancy throughout the week and when final figures were counted, they revealed a ten percent increase on the Easter period of 2016.
Although, the numbers aren’t totally comparable, as Easter fell much earlier in March last year, Colomer stressed the results are an endorsement of the collective efforts of everyone working within the tourist sector of the region.
The statistics, which take into account both domestic and foreign visitors, also show Valencia jumped to third in the table in terms of most visited Spanish regions this year and overnight stays, hot on the heels of top two Andalucia and Catalonia.
The community is fifth in terms of hotel overnight stays, with 28.2 million in the last year. Second to Catalonia in both overnight apartment stays at 10.4 million and also overnight campsite stays at 7.7 million.
In terms of overnight villa stays by foreign visitors, Valencia sits in third position, but if domestic visitors are also taken into account, the region rises to second.
Making the announcement to the Spanish press, Colomer said “we are on the right track and beginning to reap the fruits of what we have sown.”
”The Valencian region offers a transverse tourism model bringing good value to people visiting our tourist destinations.”
Adding that the community has something to offer visitors in every season ” making it attractive every month of the year.”