Spain's Travel Boom
The UN World Tourism Organization has recently found that Spain is currently on track to replace the United States as the world’s 2nd most popular tourism destination.
While France remains the most popular, it is expected that Spain will follow closely behind with 82 million visitors over the past year despite a terror attack in August and the battle for independence by the citizens of Catalonia.
The number of global tourists leapt 7% in 2016, the biggest increase in seven years and Europe benefitted the most with much thanks to the Mediterranean’s sea and sun. While the political crisis sparked a drop in visitor numbers to the northeastern region, it does not hinder overall tourist visitation in Spain in 2017.
Overall, the number of international tourists rose by 7 percent during the past year to an astounding 1.3 billion and is expected to continue growing over this year.
UNWTO chief, Zurab Pololikashvili, stated: "International travel continues to grow strongly, consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development” and that "As the third export sector in the world, tourism is essential for job creation and the prosperity of communities around the world."
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