Tourism reached record figures in the first eight months of 2015 in Spain. This increase is due to the large increase in the fear of travelling to Middle East and North Africa, because of the increase rates of terrorism, diverting tourism to the Spanish country. Arrivals rose to 47.2 million tourists, up 4% compared to last year.
Increased tourism denotes that the Spanish economy is based on tourism. The wealth generated by the country’s thanks in part to the tourism industry that moves a lot of money, and generates a lot of internal wealth.
Many in the industry argue more needs to be done to encourage higher spending and renew Spain’s image as more than just a cheap beach holiday and party spot and to attract visitors to its lesser known regions.
Some cities, meanwhile, are feeling the burden of the big jump in visitors. Barcelona is trying to crack down on uncontrolled tourism amid fears it is spoiling the Catalan capital’s charm.