According to the UNWTO, Spain is about to leapfrog the United States to become the world’s second most visited country, behind France.
Overnight arrivals to the US fell by around 4% during the first six months of 2017, compared with 2016, while Spain saw year-on-year arrivals increase by around 9% during the first 10 months of the year.
France remains the world’s most visited country, while China and Italy complete the top five. Russia was the only European country to see a significant fall in visitors of 8.4%.
It is estimated that total international tourist arrivals increased by 7% in 2017 to a remarkable 1.322 billion.