According to FRONTUR – the Inbound Tourism Survey, drafted by the General Sub-directorate of Tourism Information and Studies of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain surpassed the record posted between January and July 2014 with the arrival of 37,975,920 inbound tourists in the period, an increase of 1.7 million tourists and year-on-year growth of 4.7%.
The United Kingdom was the top emitting market in the period with 8,739,392 tourists (up 3.5%); followed by France with 6,075,378 tourists (up 7.8%) and Germany with 5,897,152 tourists (up 1.3%).
Catalonia was the top destination autonomous region, with 9,779,510 inbound tourists (up 5.5%). This was followed by the Canary Islands with 6,594,864 tourists (up 0.9%) and the Balearic Islands with 6,526,218 tourists (up 3.9%). The largest increase in the first seven months of the year was posted by the Region of Madrid, at 10.7%.
A total of 8,782,719 inbound tourists visited Spain in July, an increase of 6.3% and another all-time record for July in the FRONTUR statistics. The United Kingdom was the top emitting market with 2,031,330 tourists (up 6.4%), followed by France with 1,521,437 tourists (up 8.5%). The United States posted growth of 40.5% in the month.