Overseas visitors to Spain in 2007 hit record 59.2 million
Spain received a record 59.2 million overseas visitors last year, as the country remained the second most popular tourist destination in the world.22 January 2008
MADRID - Spain received a record 59.2 million overseas visitors last year, as the country remained the second most popular tourist destination in the world.
The figure was up 1.7 percent from 2006 when there were 58.2 million overseas arrivals.
According to figures released yesterday by the Industrial, Tourism and Trade Ministry the number of visitors in December alone was up 0.7 percent at 3.2 million.
The ministry said Catalonia, the Balearic and Canary Islands and Andalusia were the most popular destinations last year. Foreigners showed increasing interest in Madrid, with the number of visitors climbing to just under 12 percent.
The main market for Spain remained the United Kingdom followed by Germany. Britain accounted for 27.5 percent of all foreign visitors last year. Spain also became increasingly popular with US visitors. The number of arrivals from the United States rose 22 percent to 1.1 million.
The ministry also said total spending by tourists in the 11 months to November was up 3.5 percent at EUR 46.897 billion. Average spending per tourist in the period was up 1.4 percent at EUR 865, although the average stay declined by 3.1 percent to 9 nights.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news