THE number of workers employed in the tourism industry rose by more than 10 per cent to 129,050 between April and June this year compared to 2017, according to data.
The Costa del Sol Tourism board’s statistics showed that the industry’s labour force now accounted for 20.5 per cent of Malaga Province’s workforce.
Elias Bendodo, president of the board, said all should be aware of the contribution made by the sector to the area’s economy.
“This data highlights the strength, weight and impact of the tourism industry in the economy of the entire province,” Bendodo said.
The president added tourism’s share of Malaga’s workforce was higher than the equivalent figures for Andalucia and for Spain. Those stood at 14.3 per cent and 13.7 per cent respectively, according to data.
The hospitality industry was the leading part of the sector in terms of the percentage share of tourism workers at 72.9 per cent, or around 94,060.
Transport associated with tourism accounted for about 8.8 per cent or around 11,290 while other businesses totalled 18.4 per cent or 23,690.
Spaniards accounted for the majority of those working in the tourism industry at around 79.3 per cent at 102,330. People from outside of Spain made up around 20.7 per cent of the total, or about 26,720.