WTTC’s head, David Scowsill, says that Spain is expected having seen a 20 to 30% increase in the number of holidaymakers visiting the country this summer, with Portugal and Italy other beneficiaries of the rather tense current climate.
And it is not just the WTTC that has noted this trend. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is also expecting 2016 to be a record-breaker for the country. “Spain is going to set an all-time record for visitors from all around the world, including the UK,” said ABTA representative Sean Tipton.
Not only is a strong summer season a timely boost for Spain’s employment figures, but such increases have a lasting effect on people, boosting the chances of them returning year after year. In the first six months of this year, Spain recorded 32 million tourists – which is half the number seen in 2015, and that coming before the busiest months of July and August.