The Ministry of Energy & Tourism in Madrid has confirmed the official tourist figures for 2016. For a seventh year in succession it has been a record year for tourists visiting Spain.
In 2016, 75.3m visitors came to Spain. This is an increase of 7.2m from 2015, representing a rise of nearly 10%.
The well-documented security issues on other traditional holiday destinations around Europe has clearly aided the Spanish tourist industry.
The majority of visitors came from the United Kingdom, France and Germany. British visitors accounted for nearly 17m, which is significant, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.
The average spend by per person per day was up to €138.00 and total spend from tourism was €77bn.
The most popular destinations were Catalonia, the Balearic and Canary Islands. However, some other historically less poplar provinces gained significant increases, such as Castilla-La Mancha and Aragon.
The Spanish government has concerns regarding the low cost tourist model and intends to target more high spending tourists in the near future.