TALKS over a Brexit have been ringing in the ears of Brits daily but this hasn´t dampened desires to enjoy a winter getaway in Europe, in particular Spain.
British holiday-makers account for more than one in five tourists visiting Spain in January new statistics reveal and Spanish tourist figures in general have gone up by 11 per cent in January alone.
An unusually warm winter and cheap flights couple to make ever popular Spain the destination of choice for thousands of tourists.
The data shows that there was a 16.2 per cent rise in the number of visitors from the UK to Spain which equates to 706,000 holiday-makers.
The British accounted for 20.14 per cent of the total number of tourists whilst the French followed the Brits with 13.5 per cent and the Germans were close behind with 13.1 per cent. Tourists from Scandinavia accounted for 11.2 per cent of all the visitor and Italy 6.3 per cent.
Notable increases were tourists from Switzerland and Ireland up 37 per cent and 23 per cent respectively. The group for the “rest of the world” rose by 22.4 per cent to a total of 239,000 tourists meaning that many more international tourists are visiting Spain.
Valencia, the Canaries and Andalucia were the most popular places for Brits to visit whilst stats show that Germans favour The Balearics.
On the other hand, though, the number of January visitors from the USA fell by 9% to 70,000.