Madrid – Spain has received 68.1 million tourists in 2015, setting a new record with an increase of 4.9 percent than the previous year, according to data released on Friday by the National Statistics Institute, or INE.
INE noted that the number of tourists visiting Spain during December 2015 went up by 7.6 percent on annual basis hitting 3.4 million visitors.
The tourists who visited Spain in 2015 were mainly from the United Kingdom with 15.7 million (a rise of 4.5 percent) and France with 11.5 million (an increase of 8.9 percent).
On the other hand, the number of tourists coming from Germany was 10.3 million visitors (a decrease by 1.2 percent).
Catalonia was the main destination in 2015 with 17.4 million tourists (an increase of 3.7 percent compared with 2014), followed by the Balearic Islands with 11.7 million (a rise of 2.7 percent), then the Canary Islands with 11.6 million visitors (an increase of 1 percent).
Tourism is a major source of income for the Spanish economy and accounts for 11 percent of GDP, according INE.