Spain's 2019 tourist arrivals hit new record high, minister upbeat on trend

# 20 January 2020 16:04 (UTC +04:00)

The number of international visitors to Spain hit an all-time high of 83.7 million in 2019 in a seventh straight year of records, Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday, adding that she was optimistic about 2020, APA reports citing Reuters.

Tourist arrivals rose 1 percent last year from a year earlier, Maroto told a news conference.

Spain is the world’s second-most visited country after France and tourism is crucial for the domestic economy, making up nearly 12% of gross domestic product.

“We address 2020 with optimism, because we have a strong and consolidated sector, capable of tackling the challenges ahead of us,” she said, without providing any specific forecast.