Count of foreign visitors to Spain on an increase

Count of foreign visitors to Spain on an increaseAccording to a recently concluded survey, Spain received nine million foreign tourists in the first quarter that was 2.9 percent more than during the same period in 2010.

Results of the survey were declared by the Industry, Tourism, and Trade Ministry.


Britain continued, through March at least, to be the main source of foreign visitors, sending 1.8 million tourists to Spain, but that number was 4.8 percent below the figure for the same period last year.

After Britain came Germany, with 1.47 million tourists, a decline of 3.7 percent.

The percentage increase in tourist arrivals from The Netherlands was particularly noteworthy, however, rising 22.3 percent compared to last year’s first quarter to 376,959; followed by Belgium with 307,993, a 20 percent rise; the Nordic countries with 11.7 percent (964,671) and Italy with 10.9 percent (623,038).

The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, welcomed a third of the foreign tourists during the first quarter, with 2.7 million, a 15.2 percent increase over the same period last year.

Just in March, the Canaries received 28.2 percent more foreign tourists, given that many vacationers changed their previous travel plans because of the political instability in the North African countries.

The number of foreign tourists for Spain is almost 10 times greater than that recorded in the first quarter of last year, which was 0.3 percent.

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