Spain sees record international tourist arrivals for fifth consecutive year

Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018

SpainLast year, the number of international tourists visiting Spain broke records for a fifth straight year, in spite of Islamist militant attacks in Catalonia and political uncertainty over its independence movement, as per government statistics.

Spain, where tourism accounts for around 11 percent of the economy, has seen a surge in international visitors, which is, in part, due to security concerns in other popular holiday destinations such as Egypt and Turkey.

The number of international visitors in Spain increased 8.9 percent year-on- year to 82 million tourists, which makes Spain the world’s second most visited country after France and the US.

British tourists remained Spain’s largest group of visitors, accounting for 18 million tourists, going up 7 percent from a year earlier.

Catalonia remained Spain’s most visited region in 2017, despite two attacks at major tourist haunts in August which left 16 people dead and more than 100 people injured.


Tourism in Barcelona dipped slightly after the attacks, after violence and mass protests, but it is rebounding gradually.

The tourism sector will continue to grow in the coming years due to expected economic improvement in visitors’ home countries and increased flights and destinations

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