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Spain visited by 8.8 million inbound tourists during best July ever

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Staff writer ▼ | August 25, 2015
According to FRONTUR - the Inbound Tourism Survey, drafted by the General Sub-directorate of Tourism Information and Studies of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain surpassed the record posted between January and July 2014.
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Tourism in Span   An increase of 6.3% on 2014
There were 37,975,920 inbound tourists in the period, an increase of 1.7 million tourists and year-on-year growth of 4.7%.

The United Kingdom was the top emitting market in the period with 8,739,392 tourists (up 3.5%); followed by France with 6,075,378 tourists (up 7.8%) and Germany with 5,897,152 tourists (up 1.3%).

Catalonia was the top destination autonomous region, with 9,779,510 inbound tourists (up 5.5%). This was followed by the Canary Islands with 6,594,864 tourists (up 0.9%) and the Balearic Islands with 6,526,218 tourists (up 3.9%). The largest increase in the first seven months of the year was posted by the Region of Madrid, at 10.7%.

A total of 8,782,719 inbound tourists visited Spain in July, an increase of 6.3% and another all-time record for July in the FRONTUR statistics. The United Kingdom was the top emitting market with 2,031,330 tourists (up 6.4%), followed by France with 1,521,437 tourists (up 8.5%). The United States posted growth of 40.5% in the month.

The United Kingdom was the top emitting market between January and July with 8,739,392 tourists, an increase of 3.5% and accounting for 23% of the total. Growth by this market accelerated in July on previous months with an increase of 6.4% and the arrival of 2,031,330 tourists. This growth was felt in almost every region and the market accounted for 23.1% of the total.

With an increase of 7.8%, France posted the highest growth of all the main emitting markets in the first seven months of the year and was the second top emitting market, with 6,075,378 tourists, accounting for 16% of the total. France also posted strong growth in July, up 8.5% to 1,521,437, tourists accounting for 17.3% of the total. French tourists visited all the main autonomous regions.

A total of 5,897,152 German tourists visited Spain between January and July, up 1.3% and accounting for 15.5% of the total. In July, this market was the origin of 1,164,283 inbound tourists, a slight increase of 0.2% and accounting for 13.3% of the total. The number of German tourists visiting Catalonia and the Region of Madrid increased.

The Nordic markets remained in fourth position with 2,960,590 tourists between January and July, representing a decrease of 4.6% on the previous year and accounting for 7.8% of the total. A total of 646,629 Nordic tourists visited Spain in July, a decrease of 4.3% following two months of growth. This especially affected the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Between January and July, a total of 2,088,271 Italian tourists visited Spain - an increase of 7.3% and accounting for 5.5% of the total. The market also posted significant growth in July, at 7.2% and 454,734 tourists. This figure accounted for 5.2% of the total.

1,669,021 inbound tourists visited Spain from the Netherlands in the first seven months of the year, an increase of 4.1% and accounting for 4.4% of the total. In July, 483,689 inbound tourists came from this market, an increase of 8.1% and accounting for 5.5% of the total.

Other emitting markets with significant growth included the United States (up 21.3% in the first seven months of the year and up 40.5% in July), Switzerland (up 9.1% in the first seven months of the year and up 7.5% in July) and Belgium (up 8.2% in the first seven months of the year and up 9.2% in July).

In turn, the number of inbound tourists from the Asian markets - mainly South Korea, China and Japan - has risen by 40.9% since January.