Spain has once again smashed existing tourism records receiving a record 77.8 million visitors by the end of November 2017 with the end of year figures expected to peak at over 80 million visitors.
According to Frontur, Spain’s National Institute of Statistics tourism department, during the first eleven months of 2017 the country received 77.8 million foreign visitors, surpassing the previous record of 75.6 million recorded throughout the entire twelve months of 2016.
The figures for 2017 are all the more impressive considering Catalonia’s tourist numbers actually dropped following the political unrest towards the end of the year. Traditionally Spain’s most visited region accounting for 20.5% of all tourist arrivals, Catalonia recorded 15% and 2.3% drops in tourist visitors in October and November respectively.
Spain’s next most popular destinations, the Canary and Balearic islands along with Andalucía, home of the Costa del Sol, all witnessed increases compared to 2016.
Frontur estimates that the number of British visitors choosing Spain for their holidays in 2017 increased some 7% compared to the previous year reaching 18 million in total, closely followed by German tourists who’s numbers grew 6.1% reaching 11.4 million and French visitors who totalled 10.1 million.