Far more Brits are choosing Spain over other EU countries as their holiday destination this year, reveal figures from Gfk Leisure Travel Monitor for the UK.
Spain has always been a top choice destination for holidaymakers, especially for the Brits, but this summer the country is gearing up to welcome 270,000 more British travellers than it did last year.
The increased presence of British holidaymakers in Spain means other popular holiday destinations are getting left behind; Greece, Spain’s closet competitor for attracting tourists, will only see an increase of 95,600 British visitors this summer.
Turkey, a once thriving destination for holidaymakers, has suffered tremendously following heightened terror threats; as a consequence passenger numbers are forecast to drop by 70,000 on last year’s figures, according to the report.
The US has also suffered a loss in British passenger numbers, with a 23,000 slump predicted for this summer, due to a weak pound to dollar exchange rate. Interestingly, the falling pound to euro exchange rate, caused by Brexit, has not put off Brits coming to Spain.
The number of tourists arriving in Spain reached 7.94 million in May 2017, an increase of 11.7%. Those travelling from the UK made up the largest proportion of foreign travellers (2.04 million), recording a rise of 14% from the previous year.Tags: British tourists in Spain, Spanish Holiday, Tourism in Spain