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Foreign visitor numbers in Spain rose to over 4.5 million during November, with the UK representing over 20% of the total.

Despite a rather stagnated summer in terms of the amount of foreign tourists visiting Spain, especially those from the UK, numbers are just about on track to surpass the 82 million reached in 2017 to become the 6th consecutive year of rises.

A total of 4.55 million foreigners visited the country in November, representing a 3.6% increase on the same month the year before, government data shows. Of which, 937,000 were from the UK, representing a rise of 2.8% and accounting for over a fifth of the total foreign market. Visitor numbers from Germany rose by 3% to 574,000, making it the second largest contributor of tourism in Spain. However, the number of tourist visiting from France and Scandinavia decreased by 10.4% and 5.7% respectively.

British tourists were more prominent in the Comunidad Valenciana, accounting for 33.9% of all foreign tourism. Similarly, the Canary Islands and Andalucia were also popular amongst the Brits, accounting for 33.2% and 26.1% of tourism respectively.

However, long term data shows that tourism from the two major markets (the UK and Germany) is slowing down. In the first 11 months of the year, tourist figures in Spain reached 78.4 million, only 0.7% more than in the same period in 2017, while British tourist numbers reached 17.64 million, representing a fall of 2%. Visitor numbers from Germany and Scandinavia also fell within this period – by 4.7% and 0.5% respectively. However, to balance those falls, tourist numbers from Portugal and the USA rose over 10%, meaning tourist numbers could still beat 2017’s record.

Despite an underwhelming summer, the international tourism sector has still expanded – thanks to an increase in foreign spending. In November, the amount of money spent by international tourists while in Spain grew by 5.3% to €4.890 million, compared with the same month in 2017. In the first 11 months of the year, foreign spending grew by 2.8% to €84.811 million, with a €17.133 million contribution from UK visitors – representing a rise of 2.8% and accounting for 20.2% of total foreign tourist spending.

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