SPAIN’S inbound tourist spending hit a new record of €6.08 million for the first two months of the year, up 9.1% from the same period in 2013.

The UK and German markets accounted for a third of total spending by inbound tourists in the period, with respective increases of 12.2% and 9.7%.

February alone also recorded the highest inbound tourism income to date at €2.98 billion, up 8% from last year.

Andalucia posted the highest increase for February at 18.6%, taking its tourism income to €423 million.

The Nordic countries were primarily to thanks for this growth with an increased spend of 20.3% on last year.

The Canary Islands retained its position as the leading tourist destination in February, raking in €1.14 billion.

At €616 million, Catalunya was Spain’s second most popular destination, albeit with a 1.6% decrease on last year.


  1. The playing of “bat-ball” on beaches should be banned and offenders sentenced to listen to recordings of dolphin clicks for 5 hours. The constant clack clack of the ball on bat is more of an offence than someone listening to music on their iphone. At least the hiss from their ears has some melody.
    I’ve never seen anyone capable of playing the game without the ball ending up in other peoples spaces.
    Look at the two women above! One’s facing the wrong way and has clearly not got a matching bikini on!

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