Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
According to the recent study, the tourism branch of the National Institute of Statistics of Spain, figures from January to November 2017 stand at 77.8 million foreign visitors and that number is likely to rise above 80 million by the time the year is over.
This data estimate represents a growth of 5 million tourists since 2016.
Bearing in mind that Catalonia’s tourism activity slumped by around 15 percent as a result of the region’s political instability in October, the figures are extremely encouraging. Especially when considering that Catalonia received a quarter of all foreign visitors to Spain in 2016.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the tourism sector is one of the most strongly affected by the instability. Fortunately, that warning doesn’t seem to have become a reality for the whole of Spain.
So far this year, 18 million Britons have chosen Spain as their holiday destination, a 7 percent increase compared to the same 11-month period in 2016. In second place came German tourists – 11.4 million, up 6.1 percent – followed by French visitors, 10.7 million of whom have headed for Spain so far this year.