Spain has celebrated one of its best years in UK tourist arrivals during the first nine months of the year, latest figures have revealed.
The destination saw UK arrivals increased 9.2% to more than 11million during January to September this year, with a 42% rise in April.Figures were affected by the ash cloud last year but also improved 8.1% during the summer months as holidaymakers avoided the trouble-affected Middle East.
The Balearic Islands saw the majority of UK tourists with a 24.3% chunk, while the Canaries followed with 23.7%. On the mainland, Andalusia and Valencia drew the largest group with 18.4% and 15.9% respectively.
The package holiday market increased slightly to 35.5% while a similar number to 2010 opted for hotel accommodation (61.2%). Leisure holidays still drive the country’s visitors from the UK at 93% and expenditure increased 2.8% year-on-year.