Spanish tourism up this year

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2007 , MADRID – Spain’s sparkling beaches, guaranteed sunshine and stunning monuments attracted millions of tourists in the first quarter of this year but the number of Brits who chose a holiday here slipped, according to figures released on Friday.

20 April 2007

MADRID – Spain’s sparkling beaches, guaranteed sunshine and stunning monuments attracted millions of tourists in the first quarter of this year but the number of Brits who chose a holiday here slipped, according to figures released on Friday.

The Survey of Cross-Border Tourist Movements said that between January and the end of March, more than 10 million foreigners visited Spain, an increase of 5.3% compared to the same period last year,

And last month alone, 4.1 million tourists arrived in Spain, up 6.9% compared to March 2006.

But while the UK remains the main generating market, with 2.6 million Britons visiting Spain in the first quarter, that number was down by 1.9% compared to 2006, the survey said.

The Germans and the French were in second and third place, respectively, and their numbers increased, as did the fourth placed Scandinavians and the Italians, who were fifth.

The Canary Islands was the most popular destination during the period, with 2.6 million visitors, followed by Catalonia which attracted 2.4 million foreign visitors.

[Copyright Expatica with EFE]

Subject: Spanish news

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