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Published on : Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The previous record of 10.02 million was set in August 2016, and August is traditionally the busiest month for tourism in Spain. This year’s record-breaking July arrival figures represent an increase of more than 10 percent compared with the same period of 2016.
Britons still represent the largest chunk of visitors for Spain. British tourists account for more than 22 percent of all visitors to Spain. French and German holidaymakers are also quite at the top for Spain. Tourist spending has also gone up. The average tourist in Spain spent €1,132 in July 2017, which is more than 5 percent increase compared with the same month in 2016.
The number of visitors from Ireland, Russia and Switzerland also increased substantially.
Spain’s Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda Alvaro Nadal said that Catalunya remains the most visited area, followed by the Balearic Islands and Andalusia. Barcelona too continues to maintain its magnificent image as a world-class tourism centre.
However, in many areas of Spain, over tourism has resulted in mass protests from residents. Protests have taken place in various tourism hubs across the country and anarchists have even slashed tires of a sightseeing bus and stolen rented bikes in Barcelona. The anti-tourism protests follow a trend across Europe, from Venice to Berlin.