Rise in UK tourists visiting Spain

24 November 2011 10:08

The number of British holidaymakers visiting Spain during the January-September period of 2011 rose 9.2%, figures show

The number of British holidaymakers visiting Spain during the January-September period of 2011 rose 9.2%, figures show

New figures released by the Spanish national tourist board have shown a 9.2% year-on-year increase in the number of British holidaymakers arriving in the country to nearly 11 million during the January-September period of 2011.

Over 6.7 million UK tourists, who are likely to have taken out a comprehensive travel insurance cover, visited Spain during the June-September period. The figure was over 500,000 higher than the corresponding period in the previous year.

In September, 11.4% more Britons arrived in Spain, compared with the year-ago period.

The January-September period saw an increasing number of British tourists heading to the popular islands in Spain.

The Balearics captured 24.3% of the tourist market, while the Canary Islands had 23.7%.

The most popular attraction for tourists on the mainland was Andalucia, famous for its resorts of Seville, Malaga and Granada.