Number of foreign tourists to Spain up 5.3 pct

Spain looks to be on track for another record number of foreign tourists visiting the country after data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Monday showed another increase in the number of people spending holidays in the country.

The figures published by the INE show a 5.3 percent rise in the number of foreign tourists visiting Spain in March and April compared to the same months in 2018.

2018 saw Spain set a new record for the number of foreign visitors as 82.8 million spent at least one night in the country.

Monday’s data shows that 21.4 million people visited Spain in the first four months of 2019 in what is supposedly the low season, highlighting that the country is being successful in its aims of attracting more cultural and gastronomy tourists.

This is 4.4 percent more tourists than in 2018 and the people visiting Spain are also leaving more money in the country, with tourist spending in the first four months of 2019 rising by 5.1 percent to 22,489 million euros (25,205 million U.S. dollars).

The UK continues to send more visitors to Spain than anywhere, with 1.5 million Britons coming to Spain in March and April, compared with 1.1 million Germans and slightly over a million French.

The Catalan Region continues to be the most popular destination followed by the southern region of Andalusia and the Canary Islands, which have the advantage of offering all-year sunshine.