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Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
Spain recorded a 13% increase in the number of visitors between January and April 2016, according to figures from Spain’s national statistics agency, the INE.
Arrivals from Ireland topped the list with a 25.6% boost (more than 375,000 visitors).
All the main tourism regions in Spain saw significant increases in visitor numbers – with jumps of more than 20% for the Balearic Islands (which include Majorca and Ibiza), Andalusia and the Valencian Community.
The unprecedented increase in Spain’s tourism numbers, however, has generated concerns of a potential backlash.
In a report for Reuters, Sarah White suggests that graffiti such as “tourists go home” can now be seen on some walls in Palma de Mallorca.
Also, the huge influx of tourists is said to cause environmental degradation putting some of the country’s beauty spots at risk.
The local government of the Balearic Islands has already announced plans to bring in a tourism or ‘eco’ tax of up to €2 for overnight stays.