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Spanish Tourist Number Increase Continues

Thu 23rd Dec 2010

Those travelling to Spain from abroad increased for the seventh consecutive month during November, regardless of a decrease in tourists from its main market Britain, government data published yesterday revealed.

Spain received 2.9 million foreign tourists for November, representing an increase of 2.7% when compared with the same time last year, bringing total number arrivals in the first 11 months of 2010 to 50.1 million, up 1.3% , according to the Country's Ministry of Tourism.

British tourists decreased by 6.1% compared with the same month last year to 590,192, however the arrivals from Germany rose, usually the second most important source of tourists to Spain, and saw increases from France, Italy and Scandinavian countries.

"All the main source markets of tourists to Spain posted rises in the number of tourists, with the exception of Britain," it said in a statement.

In 2008, the number of visitors to Spain fell 2.3% overall, the first reversal in figures in more than a decade.

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