Spain's 2019 tourist arrivals hit seventh straight annual record
January 20, 2020 06:00 PM NPT
FILE PHOTO: A tourist has her photo taken with a street performer dressed as a bullfighter at Plaza Mayor square in Madrid, Spain, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera
MADRID, Jan 20: Spain hit a record of tourist arrivals for the seventh year in a row, Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday, adding that she was optimistic about 2020, but without providing any specific forecast.
A total of 83.7 million people visited Spain in 2019, Maroto told a news conference. More visitors coming from Asia and the United States offset a decline of travellers from Britain and Germany.
Spain is the world’s second-most visited country after France and tourism is crucial for the domestic economy, making up nearly 12% of gross domestic product.