Spain has never been so popular with foreign tourists, and in particular British people, with 2015 being its best year ever, according to new statistics released by its government.
This is good news for owners of property in Spain, as more tourists means more money being spent in holiday hot spots, including resorts along the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and in Mallorca. And for homeowners in Spain who let their property, this means a stronger renal market.
According to Frontur, a governmental tourist association, Spain received 47,201,960 inbound tourists between January and August this year, surpassing the record posted for the same period last year by 4.1 per cent.
Britons comprised the largest group of visitors by nationality with 10,885,341 tourists (up 2.9 per cent), followed by France with 8,164,180 tourists (up 7.1 per cent) and Germany with 7,083,813 tourists (a slight decrease of 0.4 per cent).
Catalonia continues to be the most popular Spanish region, with 12,119,491 inbound tourists during the period, an increase of 3.8 per cent on last year. This was followed by the Balearic Islands with 8,726,760 tourists (up 3.1 per cent) and the Canary Islands with 7,595,694 tourists (up 1 per cent).
For the three months traditionally considered to make up the summer period (June, July and August), tourist numbers increased by 3.2 per cent year-on-year – especially impressive 2014 was a landmark year, when a record figure of 24 million tourists (24,681,668) was surpassed for the first time in Spain.
Looking closer, August became Spain’s best month ever, with a total of 9,226,040 inbound tourists, representing an increase of 1.6 per cent on August 2014 and the first time that more than nine million inbound tourists have visited Spain in a single month. Once again, the UK formed the largest market, with 2,145,949 tourists during the month, followed by France with 2,088,801 tourists.