Costa Blanca News Costa Blanca Tourism Up Again Posted on 7th December 2018 3 min read The Valencia region welcomed 8,278,401 foreign tourists between January and October, 2.5% more than in the same period of the previous year, with the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries as the main origin of those tourists. The figures are recorded by the National Institute of Statistics in their latest report, released today, which also shows that in October alone there were 5.3% more than last year, with a total 855,849 people visiting the area. Nationally, Spain received almost 73.9 million foreign tourists in the first ten months of the year, which represents an increase of 0.5% compared to the same period in 2017, after a year-on-year increase of 5% in October, with 7.6 millions of visitors, showing how the Valencia region, and the Costa Blanca in particular, is of great importance. The origin of the tourists lies firstly with the United Kingdom, with 16.7 million, although that is actually 2.2% fewer; France, with 10.3 million, 1.3% more, and Germany, with a similar number to the French market, although, in this case, it is a decrease of 4.8%. However, in October, the evolution of the British market was positive, with a rise of 4.6% (1.7 million tourists) and the German market, with an increase of 0.1% (1.2 million), while that France grew by 8.6% (912,542). In the first ten months, the market that grows the most is the U.S., with an increase of 10.2% (2.6 million tourists) and 23.4% in October, followed by Portuguese, with increases of 9, 7% (2 million) and 21.5%, respectively, and Russia. Catalonia remains the main autonomous community destination, with 17.1 million international arrivals, despite a fall of 1.2%, followed by the Balearic Islands, with 13.5 million, 0.2% less, and the Canary Islands, which recorded the largest decrease, from 3.5%, to 11.3 million. The Region of Valencia registered 2.5% more tourists this year (8.3 million), after a rise of 5.3% in October, and Andalusia, 0.9% more (10.5%). million) in the accumulated and 2% more, in the tenth month.