NEARLY eight-and-a-half million foreign tourists have visited the Balearic Islands so far this year. The figure represents an increase of 2.2 per cent over the same period last year, according to the Survey of Tourist Movement Frontera (Frontur).
All regions marked an increase in foreign visitors with the Balearics receiving 18.7 per cent of all international tourist arrivals in Spain, behind Catalonia.
In August, 2,193,677 international tourists visited the islands, which represents an increase of 6.2 per cent over the same month in 2013. The growth was largely due to a sharp rise in Germans, Italians and Belgians. The number of German and British arrivals were similar.