The Costa Blanca is the name that identifies the province of Alicante which is a unique province, a destination open all year round and that stands out for its natural beauty. The Costa Blanca is one of the most important tourist destinations in our country, being the second Spanish destination in terms of number of hotel overnight stays for Spaniards and the third in terms of number of Spanish travellers, reaching 17 million hotel overnight stays in 2016.
It is also the most visited destination in the Valencian Community. Last year more than 12 million passengers were registered at Alicante-Elche airport, a significant increase of 19%. The average hotel occupancy rate is also higher than the national average, reaching 80.9% last year. With regard to supply, the Costa Blanca has 427 hotel establishments and 67,294 beds, 4.6% of the national total. Alicante-Elche airport is currently connected to 110 international destinations, opening 16 new routes in 2017. Last year the Alicante port received 89,000 cruise ships and 54 cruise ships.