Thursday, December 28, 2006

Tourism in Spain 2006

33,3 million tourists came to Spain between January and July. Catalonia wellcomes almost 9 million visitors. The number of tourists that visited Spain throughout the first seven months of 2006 rose by 5.3% compared to the same period last year, with a total of 33.3 million visitors. Just in July Spain had 7,7 million tourists, which represent an increase of 3% compared with the same month last year, according to the data given by the Survey of Tourist Movements in Border, Frontur.

Catalonia, still leader

One more year, Catalonia has been the pick for the tourists who visited Spain between January and July, with 8.6 million visitors, a 7% more from the same period in 2005, (the average increase in Spain is 5.3%). To carry on this tone, Catalunya could close the year with almost 15 million visitors, what would suppose an authentic tourist record.

The greater number of visitors come from France and it increased a 7.6%, followed by Balearics with 5.7 million tourists, 5.1% more than last year, emphasizing the arrival of German and British, growing an 8.6% and a 2.5% respectively.

Thirdly, from Canary Islands came 5.5 million visitors. 63% of the travellers picked out a hotel for loding, which is a 4.1% increase to the previous year.