Tourist invasion continues with numbers up 5pc
22 August 2006, MADRID — More than 33 million tourists came to Spain for their holidays this year, according to figures released on Tuesday.
22 August 2006
MADRID — More than 33 million tourists came to Spain for their holidays this year, according to figures released on Tuesday.
This represented a 5.3 percent rise compared with the first seven months of last year, according to the tourist survey authorities Frontur.
In July alone, 7.7m people chose to spend their holidays in Spain – an increase of 3 percent, compared with July 2005.
Catalonia is the most popular choice, with 8.6 million people heading for this region of northeast Spain. The region saw a 7 percent rise in tourists compared with last year.
In second place came the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza, which attracted 5.7 million people – a 3.4 percent rise.
In third place was Andalucia, which saw a 2.3 percent rise this year with the arrival of 4.8 million tourists.
Spain is the most popular country with British tourists, who made up the biggest national group – with 9.3 million people.
They were followed by Germans (5.8 million) then the French (5.2 million).
Most people came to Spain by plane, though 7.9 million chose to get behind the wheel and drive.
Tourist authorities said 5.4 percent were choosing to drive to Spain this year.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news