Spain brokes in 2016 the barrier of 75 million foreign tourists, 75.3 million, an increase of 9.9% over the previous year and a historic record.
Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal, said today that the 77 millions euro spent by international tourists in Spain throughout 2016 represents a historical record, with a increase of 8,3% about 2015.
Likewise, the average expenditure per tourist grew, by 3.8%, to 1,023 euros, and the daily, by 6.5%, to reach 138 euro.
Despite this high result, Nadal is convinced that Spain is far from “touching roof”, having a very large growth range in domestic tourism and as far as the issuing markets that until now did not have as much participation in the origin of our visitors.
The Minister has described as unjust and “unfavorable” the effort being made by professionals in the Spanish tourism sector the analysis made by some that “everything is raining from heaven” because there is a conflictive situation in parts of the Mediterranean.
For Nadal, the Spanish tourism sector “has managed to remain competitive and improve its offer, become attractive and be able to advance in its modernization and the promotion of markets and new products.”
The Minister is against the establishment of tourist fees if we want to continue the success in the results offered by this sector.
Pending definitive data for the whole of last year, the figures accumulated until November show the strength of the United Kingdom, which issued almost 17 million tourists to Spain in the first eleven months of 2016, up 12.3%.
According to the minister, it can be said that there has been no “brexit” effect (exit from the United Kingdom of the EU) in 2016 because there has been no resentment at all of the growth of British tourism in Spain and, in addition, the English market keep up rise in the current year.
Madrid, January 12, 2017, EFE / Practica Español