Valencia.— Although they may be experiencing economic hardship, Spaniards are still planning their summer holidays but there is now a tendency not to venture so far and to stay away for a shorter period of time, Vicente Blasco Infante, the Vice-President of the Travel Agencies Association said yesterday.

Speaking in Valencia, Blasco said that in terms of the number of travellers and trips booked, they are likely to be much the same as last year but furthered that there may even be a slight increase of between 2 and 3 percent. What is undoubtedly going to increase, added Blasco making reference to information received from individual regions of the country, is the number of visitors coming to Spain this year. He forecast that figures will be up between 5 and 12 percent in comparison with 2010.

Part of the reason for the upturn in numbers of tourists coming to Spain, he explained, is due to the political turmoil in North Africa.
Nevertheless, Blasco was confident that Spaniards will be reducing the amount they spend on their holidays by between 15 and 20 percent. “Those who previously might have gone away for a 10-day break are cutting it down to a week or just five days,” Blasco said.

The Balearics and the Canary Islands are prime choices, he said.