A record-breaking 10.1 million foreign tourists visited Spain in August, according to official figures from the National Statistics Institute. That’s a rise of five point eight percent compared to August 2015, and was a monthly record for arrivals as the influx of visitors bolsters the Spanish economy. Visitors to the Valencia region in August stood at 1.16 million up by over 10 percent on last year.
Spain’s thriving tourism industry has fuelled a jobs surge over the summer months, extending an economic recovery throughout a period of political uncertainty triggered by two inconclusive national elections. In the first eight months of 2016, the number of tourists rose more than 10 percent from the same period in 2015 to 52.5 million, the INE said, putting Spain on track to easily beat last year’s record 68.1 million arrivals for the full 12 months.
Security fears in competing destinations across the Mediterranean and in the Middle East have helped lure more tourists than ever to Spain’s shores. Britons remained the most numerous visitors to Spain and arrivals from the United Kingdom were up almost four percent year-on-year in August. 12.4 million Britons visited Spain in the first eight months of the year, more than 13 percent on the same period in 2015. French visitor numbers rose by nine point six percent to eight point three million, followed by German tourists standing on seven point six million.
The Valencia region, including the Costa Blanca, welcomed just over five and a half million foreign tourists over the first eight months of 2016, which is a big 16 percent rise on the figures for the same period last year. British visitors to the area have risen by 14.6 percent but French arrivals have gone up by a massive 56 percent.
The Murcia region has seen British arrivals rise by over 10 percent between January and August, compared to 2015, accounting for 45 percent of all of foreign tourists, with French arrivals nearly tripling.