Tourism Figures – A Mixed Bag

January 23, 2013

The number of foreign tourists visiting the Canary Islands fell by 0.7 per cent last year to 10.1 million, making the islands the third most popular destination in Spain.

Nationally, Spain received 57.7 million international tourists, representing a 2.7 per cent increase from a year earlier.

This figure is slightly lower than announced on January 16 by Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Soria, when quoting an estimated 57.9 million foreign tourists and an increase of 3 per cent.

Despite this, however, 2012 remains the third highest year for international arrivals after 2006 and 2007, which both peaked at around 58 million.

While the main emitting markets remain The U.K., Germany and France, the biggest increase was in Russian visitors, up almost 40 per cent to more than 1.2 million.

Nevertheless, Britain remained Spain’s best customer, with 13.6 million tourists, accounting for more than 23 per cent of the total number of foreign visitors, an increase of 0.3 per cent on the previous year.