More tourists expected this year
Spain will see a further increase in the number of foreign visitors it receives this year.15 January 2008
MADRID - Spain, already the second most important tourist destination in the world after France, will see a further increase in the number of foreign visitors it receives this year, industry association Exceltur predicted Monday.
José Luís Zoreta said Spain expects overseas arrivals in 2008 to grow by 1.8 percent to 60.7 million from an estimated 59.7 million in 2007, a rise of 2.2 percent over 2006.
Exceltur Chairman José María Rossell said Spain was benefiting from an extension in routes offered by budget airlines and greater interest in urban tourism. At the same time, the country's traditional beach resort offer was starting to feel the effects of stiffer competition from the Eastern Mediterranean. He said demand in this segment of the market increased by only 0.7 percent in Spain last year, compared with growth rates for Turkey and Egypt of around 18 percent.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news