THE NUMBER of UK tourists in Spain fell by 6.2 per cent so far in 2010 compared with the same period last year.

Falling visits to Andalucia accounted for the majority of the overall decline, despite the rise in British tourism in the Canary Islands, official Frontur figures show.

Brits, however, remain the most ardent lovers of all things Spanish, with one in four holidaymakers in Spain coming from the UK.

Overall, tourist numbers in Andalucia were up 0.3 per cent in October and 0.9 up in the year so far.

Meanwhile, tourism throughout Spain rose last month by 4.2 per cent year-on-year, driven mostly by rising visits from Holland, Scandinavia and Italy.

Catalonia was the most popular destination, followed by the Canaries, the Balearic Islands and Andalucia.

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