Survey finds record number of people visited Spain in wake of terrorist attacks

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1st November 2016 15:12 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Survey finds record number of people visited Spain in wake of terrorist attacks: This summer, a record number of families visited the Costa beaches and this has been attributed to the rise in terror attacks on holiday makers in foreign countries.Survey finds record number of people visited Spain in wake of terrorist attacks

Of the 60 million foreign holiday makers who travelled to Spain this summer, 14 million were British people.

9.6 million travellers from the United Kingdom visited Spain in July alone, which is an increase of 11 per cent on July 2015. A further 2 million Brits visited the country in September.

The huge increase in British people was experienced in the Costa del Sol, the Balearics and the Canaries, including Majorca and Ibiza.

The influx has occurred in the wake of recent terrorist attacks to holiday destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Paris and the South of France. After the terrorist attacks, many British holiday makers saw Spain as a safer alternative.

A spokesperson from the Spanish Travel Agents and Tour Operators’ Association, Rafael Gallego, further added that between 12 per cent and 15 per cent of the holiday makers who visited Spain would not have come had the terrorist attacks in competing destinations been closed in the wake of the tragic events.

Following the bombing of a Russian airliner last year, a Foreign Office ban is still in place on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.

Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destination plummeted earlier in the year following a failed coup which resulted in a relentless crackdown. As well as this, Tunisia’s tourism industry was also heavily impacted in June 2015, after a jihadi gunman slaughtered 38 people on a beach in Sousse, 30 of which were British.

The figures also state that Spain’s city destinations have seen an increase in visitors following the tragic terror attacks in Brussels, Paris and Nice. The number of people who visited Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Valencia all also increased.

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