The mild, sunny weather this winter, coupled with the insecurity of other overseas, tourist destinations, have helped to increase the influx of foreign tourists on the Costa Blanca by 21%, the highest percentage increase of all the tourist resorts in Spain. British and German tourists especially, seeking to avoid conflict areas in Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt, are arriving on the Costa Blanca in increased numbers.
The mild winter climate, with maximums of 25° and no significant rainfall since November, have produced a surge in tourism, surpassing other relatively popular areas, like the Canary Islands, the Costa del Sol, the Balearics, or Catalunya. The Costa Blanca is also the preferred option, because it is known to be good value for money, in comparison to other regions with s similar climate.
The statistics from the National Institute are confirmed by the fact that Alicante-Elche airport registered a total of 593,149 airline passengers in January, of those 215,00 were British; 46,000 German; 40,000 Dutch; 37,000 Belgian and 32,000 Norwegian.
New direct flight routes to Munich, Nantes, Bordeaux and Venice have also been announced to begin operating from the end of April.