The Spanish tourism industry
registered in 2016 a record value in terms of visitors, as more than 74 million tourists
chose to visit the country. The data was presented by the United Nations World Tourism Organization
and it states that the Spanish tourism
increased in 2016 by 4% compared to 2015. The number of visitors in Spain
represents, at the same time, the largest value recorded in the last years. Businessmen who want to open a company in Spain
are welcomed to address their inquiries to our team of lawyers in Spain
, who can provide legal assistance on the incorporation procedure.
Tourism in Spain in 2016
The number of tourists in Spain in 2016 was estimated at over 74 million, probably even 75 million, as the overall data for 2016 have not been completed yet.
The visitors in Spain have spent EUR 60 billion, which represents a major contribution to the Spanish economy.
The interest of foreign tourists in visiting Spain was partly determined by the social issues registered across the Mediterranean region. Foreign visitors consider that Spain represents a safe touristic location.
In this sense, we mention that between January and April 2016, Spain received 18.1 million tourists, which represents an increase of 13%, compared to the same period of 2015.
The most popular destinations chosen by the foreign tourists were the following:
• Canary Islands;
The highest increase of tourists was registered in Andalusia, where the arrivals increased by 18.1%.
At the same time, the region registered a relevant increase of tourists arriving from the United Kingdom
. The number of British tourists
rose by 32.9%; our team of attorneys in Spain
can offer more details on the legislation related to the tourism industry
Effects of the increase in tourists number in Spain
One of the main effects of the increase in tourist arrivals in Spain
is related to employment
, which increased during the summer of 2016, as direct effect of the tourist arrivals
. The tourism industry in Spain
represents 16% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.