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SPAIN BREAKS TOURISM RECORD FOR MAY

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SPAIN BREAKS TOURISM RECORD FOR MAY

Between January and May of this year, Spain welcomed 8.2% more tourists than the same time the previous year, with 21.4 million people visiting the country, according to the information released by the tourism ministry.

May of this year also represented the best figure in history, an increase of 5.7% over last year, with 6.8 million tourists.

The British led the way in terms of numbers, with 4.9 million people choosing to holiday in Spain during the first five months of the year, an increase of 6.9%.

Meanwhile, showing a considerable growth was from the German market, with an increase of 8.1%, bringing 3.5 million tourists to Spain. France increased by 11.1% to 3.4 million, and the Nordic countries grew by 8.6% to 1.9 million.

Seem by many as the boom market of the future, Russian tourism growth started to slow, with an increase rate of 2.8%, but visitors from Portugal and the US showed a decrease, with Portuguese visitors down 2% to 0.59 million people, and 9.1% fewer Americans came over, now standing at just 0.4 million.

The Canary Islands was the most popular destination with an increase of 13%, with more than 4.8 million tourists landing on the archipelago. Andalucía was next with a 10.8% increase to 2.8 million, although the Valencia region still fared well with an increase of 7.1% to 2 million people.

The Balearic Islands were not so popular, perhaps losing out to the islands of the south, showing a decline of 2.5% during the first 5 months, a drop to 2.4 million visitors.

In terms of how those tourists arrived, by air is still the most popular choice, with 82.4% choosing to fly, an increase of 8.5%, although there was still a 6.3% increase of those arriving by road.

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