Spain breaks tourism record for 7th consecutive year, welcoming the highest EVER number of tourists.
A total of 83.7 million tourists came to the country in 2019, breaking the previous years’ record by 1.08%, according to statistics.
Although it may be something we have come to expect, the fact that records were beaten for the seventh year running was quite surprising considering that tourism figures for 6 out of the 12 months of 2019 were lower than that of 2018. Even more surprising is the months that showed downward declines are usually the busiest of the year; May, July, August – October and December.
“This magnificent data allows us to face 2020 with solid foundations and with the confidence that we have a strong sector capable of maintaining Spain as a world leader in tourism competitiveness”, said the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver.
Eighteen million Brits visited Spain in 2019, accounting for a fifth of all foreign tourism and making up the largest portion of international visitors; however, this figure is nearly 500,000 less than in 2018.
This could be down to renewed competition from other Mediterranean resorts such as Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey; Turkey recorded a 14.1% rise in visitor numbers last year and a 17% rise in revenues, reports the Daily Sabah newspaper, if this continues to rise throughout the year, it could break Spain’s upward streak.