A report handed into the Balearic government yesterday by Exceltur concludes that last year, the Balearic tourist industry had the biggest impact on the nation’s economy.

Palma.—As the Bulletin reported yesterday, by the end of last month, 11,2 million overseas visitors had come to the Balearics, 2.7 percent more than last year and a figure only surpassed by Catalonia.
What is more, between January and November this year, more than 61.7 million international tourists visited Spain. That figure is higher than the total for all of 2013, 60,65 million, which is to say that with a month of it still to go, 2014 has already been a record year for tourist visits to the country.
In terms of volume of arrivals, the Spanish tourist sector appears to be unstoppable, with 23 months of uninterrupted rises.
 The improved figures are thanks to increases in the number of visits by nearly all nationalities who regularly visit Spain, apart from those from Russia, which have experienced a sharp fall due to the weakness of the ruble.
Spain is likely to finish the year with a total 65 million international tourist visitors, according to figures from the Spanish Institute of Tourism Studies.


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