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Brits bring bumper May for Spanish tourism

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Brits bring bumper May for Spanish tourism
Catalonia was the number one desination for foreign visitors to Spain in May. Photo: bongo vongo/Flickr
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Spanish tourism notched up its best ever May figures, with the country receiving 5.8 million visitors.

Spain received 5.8 million foreign visitors in May, or 7 percent more than in May 2012.

That is the best May figure ever notched up by the country since the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism kicked off its Frontur survey of tourism numbers.

Visitors from the UK and Germany were the biggest contributors to the boom.
 
May saw 1.5 million UK arrivals on Spain's shores, up 9.3 percent on a year ago.
 
German numbers, meanwhile were up 13.2 percent to come in at just under a million.
 
 
Also adding to the bonanza month were French tourists. Some 809,838 people from France visited Spain in May, according to Frontur.
 
But it wasn't all good news on the tourism front. The number of Italian visitors was down 16.4 percent year on year, part of an ongoing decline.
 
In terms of destinations, Catalonia was the number one pick for visitors, with the Balearic Islands and Andalusia taking second and third place.
 
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