Spain continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe with over 50 million people choosing to take holidays there every year. Owners Direct, which advertises thousands of villas in Spain, reports that the country is still its number one destination, receiving over 200,000 booking enquiries between January and July this year, an increase of 40% on last year. On www.OwnersDirect.co.uk there are currently over 6500 privately owned holiday homes available to rent in Spain.
Spain is bracing itself for a 10 percent fall in foreign tourist numbers this year due to the global downturn, according to the country’s Industry and Tourism Minister Miguel Sebastian.
Spanish tourism officials have admitted to passing off pictures of beaches taken in Australia and the Caribbean as their own to promote the Costa Brava Pyrenees on Spain’s northeast coast.The latest gaffe from the Costa Brava Pyrenees Tourism authority comes as official figures released this week show that visitors to Spain fell 12 per cent in January.