Spain was rated the world’s 3 rd top tourist destination after France and the USA, but because
of the many terrorist attacks in France many tourists have moved away from France and
opted for Spain this year, moving Spain from 3 rd place to number 2 after the USA.
Spain not only offers a safe holiday destination with a temperate Mediterranean climate,
beautiful beaches and varied landscapes but much of historical and architectural interest.
This beautiful kingdom covers a part of the southwestern European mainland and
incorporates the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The Balearic Islands are today, the most popular destination for the many UK, French and
German tourists. So much so that there is concern that the islands’ infrastructure cannot
manage these great numbers (13million in 2015). The airport alone has had to increase its
capacity from 66 flights per hour to 100 this year.
As holidaymakers in 2016 are heading for Spain where they feel secure and able to enjoy
their holiday time, Spain is expecting an unprecedented number of visitors. The numbers
are expected to rise from the 2015 high of 68 million to 70 + million this year. Already the
number of tourists between January and April were up by an average of 13% on 2015, over
the same period.
Catalonia was up by 4.1%
Andalusia up by 18.1%
The Canary Islands up by 11%
Costa del Sol up by 11.9% in May alone
This is all good news for Spain’s economy as tourism, until this 2016 boom year, has
accounted for 11% of the national GDP, and the revenue from this industry certainly helped
the country recovers from the 2008 global financial crisis. The tourism Industry not only
provides employment for approximately 12% of the workforce it means that young people
are not being forced to seek employment outside the country, so it also stabilises the
population of Spain. However, there are fears that with the good earnings offered in the
service industry many youngsters are turning away from education and opting for the quick
returns of waiting and other similar jobs in the industry. There are also worries that most
of the income derived from tourism cannot be relied upon as a permanent source of income
for Spain. World events could lead to less holiday spend per capita or the possibility of a
change to an alternative destination. Nevertheless, at present Spain is enjoying the upsurge
in the economy.