Spain breaks record after more than 10 million tourists visited in August

The influx of tourists led to a jobs surge over the summer

LAST UPDATED: 30 Sep, 2016 @ 11:14

Tourists crowd Palma de Mallorca's Arenal beach on the Spanish Balearic island of MallorcaSOME 10.1 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain in August.

The staggering figure is a 5.8% increase on last year and is a monthly record, according to the National Statistics Institute.

The influx of tourists has led to a jobs surge over the summer and extended the country’s economic recovery.

In the first eight months of 2016, tourist numbers increased by 10% from the same period in 2015 to 52.5 million.

Spain is now expecting to break last year’s record of 68.1 million arrivals.

The country’s tourism sector has received a boost as security fears continue to plague rival destinations in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Most visitors remained British and arrivals from the UK increased by 3.9% year-on-year in August.

However the figure does mark a slowdown compared to previous months, perhaps owing to the weakening of the pound post-Brexit.



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