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Spain has welcomed a record number of visitors

Spain has welcomed a record number of visitors
24 Oct 2014

There can’t have been much rain in Spain at all this year, or if there was it definitely wasn’t seen as a deterrent, as the country welcomed a record breaking number of visitors.

Between January and September, 52.4 million foreign visitors headed to Espanol, the country’s industry and tourism minister, José Manuel Soria, reported. This is a 7.4% increase on those who visited during the same period in 2013.

Moreover, Mr Soria is confident that given this fantastic increase, last year’s end-of-year record of 60.66 million visitors will be broken by the end of 2014.

Seemingly, the most popular region for visitors was the northern area of Catalonia, which has attracted more visitors than the Balearic Islands. Given that Catalonia is home to Barcelona which is famed for Guadi’s breathtaking works, it is no surprise that it was one of the most popular destinations.

Andalusia’s beaches were also a very enticing feature and the area saw itself become one of the most popular tourism destinations.

The Canary Islands saw an 11.4% increase in visitors to 8.36 million, with the capital, Madrid, witnessing a boost of 9.6% to 3.4 million visitors.

Of those visiting, British tourists made up for most of those heading to Spain with 12.4 million visitors, followed by the French with 8.6 million visitors and the Germans with 8.3 million.

Interestingly, those visiting from Russia actually fell by 7.6% from the previous year, to 12.6 million. However, this isn’t cause for concern as according to United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Spain is the world’s most popular tourism destination after the United States and France.

This growth in tourism is undoubtedly great news for Spain and crucial in helping the country as it sees its economy begin to slowly recover. As the country suffers from a high unemployment rate, there are many hoping that this boost will increase job prospects for Spanish citizens.ADNFCR-408-ID-801756314-ADNFCR

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