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The number of tourists who consult the Tourist Office of Segovia grows by 44%

The number of tourists who consult the Tourist Office of Segovia grows by 44%

The number of queries attended in the offices of the municipal tourism company of Segovia grew more than 44% in thirteen years, between 2005 and 2018, according to the data included in the World Tourism Day Manifesto, dedicated to employment in the sector, which has been made public by the City Council. In the same period, the number of participants in the guided tours sold by the municipal company increased by 387% and, if the results of the Alcazar are taken into account, the growth of visitors between those same years was 36,62%. In fact, this year's excellent tourist results show an increase month after month, and the forecast of the Board of the Alcazar is that despite the works in the Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, which gives access to the monument, this year the figure of 700.000 visitors.

The City Council affirms in this manifesto that these good results have been corroborated by the National Statistics Institute (INE), whose Hotel Occupancy Survey reflects year after year how the city reaches a new record number of travelers, overnight stays and average stay. «The last record has been set in 289.130 travelers and 508.377 overnight stays, which mean an average stay of 1,76 nights in 2018, figures that are not negligible compared to other nearby destinations with characteristics s On the other hand, the document affects that, although the The influence of tourism on the local economy has not been sufficiently studied, "to say that it is possibly the biggest economic engine in the city seems obvious ... but precisely for that reason we should not fall into the error of taking good results for granted." The local data can be in line with what tourism represents for gross domestic product (GDP), which worldwide represents a contribution of 10% and at a national level of around 12%. That is why the manifesto claims that "greater recognition of Tourism as an economic activity and the importance of its workers to obtain such remarkable results is something absolutely fair and necessary"