Santiago de Compostela
Irish tourists Overall outbound number of trips by Irish Residents was 6.6 million in 2012 (up slightly from 6.5 million in 2011) of which 1.4 were to Spain (similar to 2011). Total overnights were 53,000 million of which Spain accounted for 13,400 million (France 5,500 and Portugal 3,400). Q1 and Q2 of 2013 Spanish AENA (the company which runs all Spanish airports) have reported a 5.3% increase in passengers leaving Irish airports on direct flights to Spain's airports in the first six months of 2013 over 2012. Galicia growth Numbers flying to Santiago de Compostela from Dublin increased by 30%, partly due to the extension of the season of Aer Lingus' direct route. But in the Galicia region overall (Pontevedra, Orense, La Coruña and Lugo) Irish tourists increased by 73% (May 2013 over May 2012) and overnight stays increased by 57%. It is worth noting that the Camino de Santiago, the popular pilgrimage route, was completed, in the city of Santiago, by about 3,000 Irish citizens (more than English tourists). Tenerife growth Irish tourists showed the sharpest growth in volume to the island of Tenerife at 10% this year over 2012. In the month of June alone it was 22% larger than in June 2012. It is reported in Spanish press that the social conflicts of other traditional sun destinations have meant that Spanish destinations are increasingly attractive.