Spain set a tourism record in 2023

The country received a record 85.1 million international tourists last year, 19% more than the year before, the National Statistics Institute reported

Feb 5, 2024

The National Statistics Institute said Spain’s income from foreign tourists reached 108.7 billion euros ($117 billion) in 2023, an increase of 25% from the previous year. Tourism accounts for 12% of the country’s gross domestic product.

Key takeaways

  • The U.K., France and Germany sent the highest number of tourists to Spain last year;
  • The northeastern region of Catalonia, including Barcelona, followed by the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands off North Africa were the top destinations;
  • France, Spain and the United States have been the world’s three top tourist destinations for many years.

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