Spain still breaking tourism records


SPAIN continues to break tourism records, with the number of tourists visiting up 12 per cent in the first six months of 2017.

Spain has broken its own tourist number records each year for the past four years as economic and security concerns elsewhere lure visitors away from rival Mediterranean destinations.

The National Statistics Institute said on Monday that 36.3 million tourists arrived January through June.

Most – 8.6 million – came from Britain, an increase of 9.1 per cent over the same period last year.

German visitors were in second place, up 10 per cent at 5.5 million.

The government said 75.3 million tourists visited Spain in 2016.

Tourism represents some 11 per cent of Spain’s €1.2 trillion gross domestic product.

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