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Spain attracted over 9 million tourists in August’14

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Spain, one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, welcomed just over nine million foreign visitors in August 2014. It is the highest ever figure for a single month.

spain-slideThis year is the best-ever year for tourism for Spain that gives a boost to the economy.

The number of foreign tourists rose 8.8 percent in August over the same time last year to an unprecedented 9.07 million.

The recovery in Britain and Germany -- where most visitors to Spain traditionally come from -- has fuelled the tourism boom.

British tourists led the influx in August, the height of the summer holidays, with 2.14 million visitors, followed by the French, with 1.98 million visitors, and Germans, with 1.29 million.

The number of holidaymakers from Russia fell by 8.6 percent to 260,124 as the weak Russian ruble and the crisis over Ukraine took its toll.

Visitors from the United States soared by 35.4 percent in August to 147,404.

The most popular destinations were the northeastern region of Catalonia, the Balearic islands and the southern region of Andalusia, which are famous for their beaches.

Overall visitor numbers during the first eight months of 2014 hit 45.38 million, a 7.3 percent increase over the same time last year.

Spain lured a record 60.6 million international visitors last year the government predicts this figure will be surpassed in 2014.

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