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Spain announces record tourism figures

Spain may still be in the grip of one of the worst financial crises in its history, however, this week there was some good news for the stricken country. The country’s tourism ministry announced that they had recorded the highest number of tourist visitors since records began back in 1997. The numbers were 7.1% higher than those noted for the same period last year.

It seems that British, French and German visitors have been heading to Spain in huge numbers, perhaps a sign that their own countries are finally crawling out of the recent slump.

Although, another reason for the numbers might be that many holidaymakers may be steering away from Egypt and Turkey thanks to recent troubles there.

The traditional holiday hotspots of Catalonia (mostly Barcelona) and the Balearic Islands were the main beneficiaries, with 2.3 and 2.1 million visitors respectively. The southern region of Andalusia hosted around 1.1 million.

With massive unemployment, particularly amongst the young, this is very welcome and well-timed news for the Spanish economy. They need all the help they can get right now and a boost to tourism brings in much needed income from abroad.

Throughout the period of January to August 2013, a massive 42 million people have visited Spain, up around 4.5% on the same period last year. This makes Spain the third most visited country in the world behind only the USA and neighbours France.

If you’re planning on paying a visit to Spain, prices in the country are down on previous years, which is great news for consumers.

However, with its economy remaining fragile, you need to make sure that you have Travel insurance to provide cover for a number of eventualities. Plus it always pays to insure yourself against injury and accident when abroad. That’s one financial tip that everyone could do with taking on board.

Date Created: 24 September 2013

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