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Spain registers biggest fall of international arrivals in 8 years in July

Staff Writer | September 4, 2018
Spain suffered its biggest fall in the number of international arrivals in the month of July, according to data published on Monday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
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Europe   Spain received 9.98 million international tourists
The country received 9.98 million international tourists in July of 2018, 4.9 percent less compared with July of 2017, while the amount of money spent by the tourists fell 0.9 percent.

The decrease was due to a drop in the number of tourists coming from Britain, France and Germany. The number of British tourists fell by 5.6 percent in July, the arrival of tourists from France fell by 11.4 percent, and the arrival of German tourists fell by 6.2 percent.

The main destination in the month of July was the Balearic Islands which received 24.4 percent of the total international tourists, followed by the eastern region of Catalonia and the southern region of Andalusia. The number of international tourists fell by 2.2 percent year-on-year in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands, and by 6.7 percent and 2.2 percent in Catalonia and Andalusia respectively.

However, in the first seven months of the year, the arrival of international tourists to Spain rose by 0.3 percent.

Industry, Trade, and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto, said the government was committed to a tourism strategy based on "quality, bearing in mind that we could also have a slowdown in flows".

The improvement of stability in destinations such as Tunisia or Turkey can compete with the sun and beach tourism that Spain also offers in many places of the country, causing the decline in international arrivals in Spain, which is the world's second most visited country after France.