Saturday, 20 July 2019

Spain surpasses United States to become world’s second most visited country after France

A view of Barcelona. Image courtesy Google

Spain last year surpassed the United States to become the world’s second most visited country after France. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaking during a visit to Italy said that 82 million people visited in 2017, a 9% increase over the previous year.

Prime Minister said this is despite terror attacks and the political crisis in tourism magnet Catalonia. He said in Rome on the sidelines of a southern European summit on migration that tourism earnings rose 12%.

According to the US International Trade administration, international tourism to the United States shrank during the first five months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Official figures show, arrivals fell 5% in the first quarter and 3% in the second quarter.

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