LESS Russians, and more Americans.
That’s the trend in Spanish tourism in 2015 so far, which saw the number of Russian tourists fall by a staggering 37% and the number of American tourists increase by a considerabe 21%.
The month-on-month numbers are even more startling: The number of Russian tourists who visited Spain in July 2015 was 41% less than July 2014.
For Americans, the month-on-month increase was 40%.
The drop in Russian tourism is thought to be mostly down to economic difficulties — including European Union sanctions — in Russia following the conflict in Ukraine, while the boom in American tourism has been attributed to a recovering American economy and the appreciating dollar.
So far this year, an estimated 39 million foreign tourists have visited Spain.