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International tourist arrivals in Spain 2018, by country of residence

Number of international tourists arriving in Spain in 2018, by country of residence (in 1,000s)

by Fernando Forte, last edited Aug 9, 2019
International tourist arrivals in Spain 2018, by country of residence Spain ranked second on the World Tourism Organization’s list of most visited countries in the world, with its number of international visitors amounting to nearly 82 million in 2017. The Mediterranean country is one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations in 2018 - the United Kingdom, Germany and France appeared in the leading positions of the largest number of international visitors to Spain by country, as confirms the data collected from the Spanish Statistics Institute (INE).
The United Kingdom: a key tourism source market

According to the most recent data, the United Kingdom was the main country of origin of Spain’s tourists in the past few years, with the number of tourists that originally reside on the British Isles growing by 6 million since 2010. Despite the fact that the average British visitor has been cutting down the length of their stay during recent years, the daily expenditure by tourists/visitors experienced a sharp increase and reached an average of 127 euros per person in 2018.

Tourism constitutes an essential industry for the Spanish economic system

Travel and tourism have become one of the leading engines of growth for the Spanish economy, featuring an ongoing increase in the GDP contribution over the last years and projected to reach approximately 178 billion euros in 2018. The industry also plays a key role to boost the Spanish employment market, which has been experiencing a significant improvement since the 2007 financial crisis jeopardized and destroyed many jobs across the country.
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Number of international tourists arriving in Spain in 2018, by country of residence (in 1,000s)

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