In the first five months of the year 18.3 million tourists came to Spain from abroad. An 11.8 per cent decrease from the same period in 2008, according to the latest survey by Frontur.

11.8 per cent less foreign tourists visiting SpainIn 2008 a historic maximum was reached with 20.8 million foreign tourists visiting Spain. In the month of May this year, 5 million tourists visited Spain, an 11.7 per cent decrease compared to the same month in 2008.

The main source of tourists from abroad are the United Kingdom, Germany and France, which all registered less visits in May, with decreases of 16.3, 13.8 and 12.5 per cent respectively. These three countries contribute 62% of the total visits to Spain.

The top tourist destinations in Spain are those with sun and beach:

Catalonia
Andalucia
Valencia
Balearic Islands
Canary Islands

The government announced in May, that it expects tourism to decrease in summer by 10 per cent.

Image by julien_narboux under Creative Commons.

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