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Spain has shattered its own tourism record for the seventh year in a row: 75.3 million foreign visitors made their way to the country in 2016. That’s 7.2 million more than in 2015, for a rise of 9.9%, Menorca 300x225 - Spain shattered its own tourism record in 2016according to early figures from Spain’s Energy and Tourism Ministry.

Visitors to Spain in 2016 shelled out a total of €77 billion, up 8.3% from 2015 figures, while average per capita spending was €1,023 for a more modest rise of 3.75%. The average daily amount spent by visitors was €138, some 6.5% higher than a year earlier.
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Six months after the introduction of new regulations regarding holiday properties in Andalucía, figures show that in some municipalities such as Nerja, Rincón de la Victoria and Casares, there are 30615971 1789121 foto 132529 300x199 - Holiday rentals represent 30 per cent of tourist accommodation in Málaganowmore places available in rental properties than in hotels.

Self-catering properties now represent 50 per cent of holiday accommodation on the Costa del Sol and 30 per cent of hotel places in the province. The figures refer to rental properties whose owners have complied with the regulations and have registered them with the Tourism Register of Andalucía, and they show that there are currently 26,321 places available in 5,321 holiday rental properties.

However, during the six months since the new regulation came into force, there have been more than 10,000 applications for these types of properties to be registered, and 5,321 of them have completed the whole process, explains the Junta de Andalucía’s Turism and Culture delegate in Malaga, Monsalud Galindo.
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Ibiza (Balearic Islands), 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 800 sqm, Swimming-pool, Seaside Resort, In a mountain area

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Spain has the most competitive tourism industry in the world, a global study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found.

catalonia beach 300x187 - Spain has the most competitive tourism industry in the worldFor the first time the country has come out on top of a list of 141 nations analyzed in The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, issued every two years by the same organization behind the Davos Forum.

The report takes into account 90 individual indicators measuring elements such as a destination’s natural and cultural resources, its health and hygiene conditions, its travel infrastructure, its security levels, its price competitiveness and its adaptation to new technologies.

After Spain, the best-performing nations are France, Germany, United States, Britain, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada.
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