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Who loves Spain the most? The Brits of course

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Who loves Spain the most? The Brits of course
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14:28 CET+01:00
Despite fears that the fall in the value of sterling in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum would keep them away, a record number of Brits holidayed in Spain this summer.

Statistics for the month of September revealed Spain’s tourism boom continued unabated and was fuelled by the influx of British holidaymakers.

In fact 10.2 percent more tourists visited Spain during September than the same month earlier putting Spain on track for yet another record breaking year in tourist numbers.

Data from INE

More than a quarter of the 7.9 million tourists in Spain were from the UK, according to figures published this week by the National Statistics Agency, (INE) a rise of 12.8 percent than September 2015.

Germans were the second highest group of visitors, followed by the French.

The figures show that in the first ninth months of the year a total of 60.3 million foreign visitors have come to Spain, and that 15 million of those hail from Britain.

Tourism authorities predict that the number of international tourists will hit 74 million by the end of 2016 – six million visitors more than in 2015.

Spain's popularity as a tourist destination has been boosted by terror attacks elsewhere as wary travellers avoid trouble spots in North Africa, Turkey and even France.

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