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  • The number of tourists visiting Spain increased for a fifth consecutive year 
  • Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy confirmed that 82million came to the country in 2017
  • This was despite the Barcelona terror attacks and the Catalonia political crisis
  • Spain now has more tourists than the US, which saw visitor numbers drop off 

Jennifer Newton, MailOnline, 11th January 2018.

Spain has beaten the United States to become the world’s second most visited country after France, it has been revealed.

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed that his nation has seen a surge in tourism while speaking at an event during a visit to Italy.

He revealed how 82million people had visited Spain in 2017, a nine per cent increase from the previous year.

Tourism earnings rose also 12 per cent to 87 billion euros ($104 billion), the Prime Minister said in Rome while attending a summit on migration.

And Mr Rajoy praised the Spanish tourism sector’s ‘great effort’ to become more competitive.