Spain sees record breaking foreign tourists in July

Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017

Spain faces a backlash from Britons following a touristThis year, July marked another monthly record for tourist arrivals in Spain. The number of visitors increased 10.1 per cent year-on-year, as per the National Statistics Institute (INE).

Spain witnessed over 10.5 million foreign tourists during the month, and hopes that in 2017 arrivals will reach a record high. In the first seven months of the year, the number of visitors rose 11.3 per cent to 46.9 million. Around 83 million internationals tourists are expected to visit throughout the year.

Northeastern Catalonia, a popular destination due to its Mediterranean coastline, was the most visited region in July. However, Catalonia was hit by two Islamist militant attacks on August 17 and 18 on major tourist spots.

But hotel groups and government ministers have dismissed concerns that the attacks could affect tourist arrivals.

Safety and security concerns are becoming extremely important for travellers, with up to two thirds of tourists planning to travel to international destinations they perceive as safe.

Tourism has been a key industry for Spain’s economic recovery, accounting for around 11 percent of economic output and employing 13 percent of the population.


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