Spain still second favourite tourist destination

9th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 December 2004, MADRID-Spain is still the second favourite tourist destination in the world after France, according to a new report.

9 December 2004

MADRID-Spain is still the second favourite tourist destination in the world after France, according to a new report.

Spain has seen a two percent rise in visitors in the past year, with 52 million people coming to enjoy the country in the past 12 months.

However, according to a report from the Bank of Spain, this rise was more moderate in comparison with other leading tourist destinations around the globe.

Indeed, Spain's position as a leading tourist destination could be threatened in the next few years, the report said.

Spain has faced a challenge this year and has been re-focus itself as a 'quality product' rather than just offering tourists the sun and beach as attractions.

Spain has progressively lost ground to other Mediterranean countries offering the same thing but at a cheaper price.

The Bank of Spain report said the Madrid terrorist bombings, in which 191 people were killed, did harm the Spanish tourist trade slightly.

But the damage to tourism was less than expected.

In comparison, in the United States the 9/11 attacks had a bigger impact on the US tourist trade.

Other factors which have hit the Spanish tourist harder have included the rise in crude oil prices, which have meant air fares increased.

Also, the strength of the euro to the dollar did not help Spanish tourism.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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