Spain has beaten the United States to become the world’s second most visited country after France, it has been revealed. The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed that his nation has seen a surge in tourism while speaking at an event during a visit to Italy. He revealed how 82 million people had visited Spain in 2017, a nine per cent increase from the previous year that came despite the Barcelona terror attacks and the political crisis in Catalonia.
Tourism earnings rose also 12 per cent to 87 billion euros ($104 billion), the Prime Minister said in Rome while attending a summit on migration. Mr Rajoy praised the Spanish tourism sector’s ‘great effort’ to become more competitive. Arrivals in Spain beat records for the fifth consecutive year. Tourism has also benefited from a boom in renting flats out to tourists via web platforms such as Airbnb. In 2016, Spain welcomed 75.3 million visitors, just behind the United States with 75.6 million, while France – despite its own terror woes – easily remained the world leader with 82.6 million visitors, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). – Daily Mail
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