NINE million foreign tourists visited Spain in the first three months of this year, 2.9 per cent more than the same time last year, Tourism Ministry data shows. The United Kingdom continues to be the main market for tourism in Spain, with 1.8 million, down 4.8 per cent from 2010.
They are followed by Germany, with 1.47 million (down by 3.7 per cent) and France, with 1.2 million, up by 2.7 per cent.
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The number of tourists visiting Spain from Holland has risen by 22.3 per cent, followed by Belgium (20 per cent), Switzerland (14.8 per cent), Nordic countries (11.7 per cent) and Italy (10.9 per cent).
Hotel stays were also up by 4.9 per cent in March, despite Easter falling in March last year, National Institute of Statistics figures show.
The preferred destination is the Canary Islands, with 30.6 per cent of the total number of foreign tourists, 15.2 per cent more than last year.