"Spain continues to receive a record number of foreign tourists. According to preliminary figures visited 82,6 million tourists the country, which is 0.9 percent more than in 2017."
"– Yet another record high in 2018, for the sixth consecutive year despite a slower summer than usual, " says Reyes Maroto, minister with responsibility for, among other things, industry and tourism, according to Reuters."
"Spain, which has 46,7 million inhabitants, is the world's second most visited country after France and tourism is hugely important to the economy. It accounts for nearly twelve percent of the country's GDP."
"at the same time protest movements against mass tourism emerged around the country in recent years. Bostadsuthyrningssajter that Airbnb is accused of pushing up housing prices and drive out the indigenous populations in cities such as Barcelona and Palma. Where directed, the protests against the party-going crowd of the tourists who come with low-cost flights, bathed and litter the without making off with much money."