Spain's 2019 tourist arrivals hit record high

In 2019, the number of visitors to Spain hit an all-time high of 83.7 million in a seventh straight year of records, Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday. Tourist arrivals rose 1% last year from a year earlier. "We address 2020 with optimism, because we have a strong and consolidated sector, capable of tackling the challenges ahead of us," Maroto said.

Spain is the world’s second-most visited country after France and tourism is crucial for the domestic economy, making up nearly 12% of gross domestic product. Last year, more visitors coming from Asia and the US offset a decline of travelers from Britain and Germany, who traditionally have been the core of the Spanish tourism.

Maroto said trying to lure visitors from new countries will be one of the ministry’s main priorities along with working to have visitors all year long and not only during the summer high season.

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