Spain welcomes record 38 million tourists in January-July

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Spain received 38 million international tourists between January and July 2015, up 4.7% from a year earlier and marking a new record, according to the Ministry of Industry and Tourism. In July alone, the number of foreign tourists to Spain grew 6.3% to 8.8 million, also a new record.

Regarding the origin of the tourists,  arrivals from the UK, France, the USA and Asian countries clocked up a monthly rise of 40.5% in July. All the main markets showed growth except for the Nordic countries. The UK remains Spain’s top market, with 8.7 million tourists arriving in the first 7 months of 2015, 3.5% more than a year ago. France comes in second place, with 6 million tourists, 7.8% more, and Germany in third position, with 5.8 million, 1.3% higher than in 2014.

On the other hand, Russian tourist arrivals fell by 37.5% to 503,996 visitors, while the Nordic countries registered a decline of 4.6%  to 2.9 million travellers in the first seven months of the year.

So Spain has consolidated its position as the world’s third most-visited destination after France and the USA.