DOOMSAYERS were forced to eat humble pie as tourism continues to thrive.
More than 4.6 million overnight stays were recorded in July in Malaga as the province enjoyed more than a third of the Costa del Sol tourism, the highest in Spain.
Experts have warned for years of the fragility of Spanish economy due to its reliance on foreign tourists and cheaper breaks being offered in different world destinations, predicting a long term decline.
Those forecasts are being smashed though, the domestic market is back to what it was a decade ago and foreign tourists, the vast majority of whom are British, are accounting for more than 70 per cent of hotel stays, boosting profitability and employment within the tourism industry.
Should next month prove as fruitful, then a new record could be set of more than 7 million tourists between June and September.