The Costa Blanca’s tourist boom in hotel stays last year was not just down to a rise in international visitors, but was also boosted by a big hike in domestic tourists, according to figures from the National Statistics Institute.

After Madrid, the Costa Blanca was the biggest attraction for Spanish tourists looking for a break, with the hotel figures showing that overnight stays came from three million domestic holidaymakers last year, whilst there were two point six million foreign visitors.

Overall, 2016 produced 24 million overnight stays in the Costa Blanca area, amounting to an average occupancy rate of 74 percent, with an average stay of a week. Benidorm led the way with a big occupancy rate of 80 percent. British and German visitors accounted for nearly half of the overnight stays by foreign visitors.

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