The 75 million mark has been exceeded: Spain attracted 75,563,198 tourists in 2016, an increase of 10.3% compared to 2015. With that, the continuous increase is on a seven-year streak. Total expenditure from international tourists was € 77.625 million (an increase of nine per cent). In 2016, the number of German tourists in Spain rose to more than 11.2 million visitors (up 6.4%), making Germany the third largest source market after the United Kingdom, with almost 18 million tourists (up 12.4%), and France, with 11.4 million (up 7.1%).
Catalonia is the top-ranking Spanish destination with 18 million foreign tourists (up 4%), followed by the Canary Islands with 13.3 million (up 13.2%) and the Balearic Islands with 13 million (up 11.9%), among other destinations. The Balearic Islands were the most popular destination for German tourists: there, they accounted for 41%. "The unstable situation in other tourist destinations surely contributed to the success," said Álvaro Nadal Belda, Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda. But first and foremost he thanked the good work of the Spanish tourism industry. "Spain offers quality tourism in all segments and for every budget," said the Minister.
As a year of sustainable tourism, the motto for 2017 reads "Viaja, disfruta y respeta" (travel, enjoy, and respect) for the Spanish travel industry as well. They promoted various products for that purpose at ITB Berlin 2017, including the Ruta la Sierra del Rincón northwest of Madrid (www.turismomadrid.es) and Huella cero ("zero mark") on Tenerife, a walking festival starting on 23 May (www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com).
Hall 2.1, booth 102
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