Latest tourism visitor figures released this Wednesday by National Institute of Statistics reveal a whopping increase in tourism to Spain in 2016.
Spain has received a record 67.5 million tourists in the 10 months of 2016, representing a 10.2% increase over the same period in 2015.
In October alone, Spain registered 7.1 million international tourists, with 1.7 million of them coming from the United Kingdom, in spite of “brexit”, a 6% increase over the previous year and 23.2% of the total visitors during the entire month.
The autonomous communities that received most international tourists were Catalonia, with 16 million, a 4.2% increase; the Balearic Islands (including Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca), with 12.6 million, an 11.9% increase, and the Canary Islands, with 10.9 million, a 13.6% increase.
Of the 67.5 million visitors, nearly 43 million stayed in hotels, 7.5 million in vacation rentals, nearly 4.5 million stayed in a home they own and around 8.3 million stayed with friends or family.