Spain on Wednesday, October 31, will accept the million tourist from Russia, thereby in two months prior to end of year having reached planned on the 2012th indicator.
In 2011 Spain received 56,7 million foreign guests, about 858,5 thousand from which – there were Russians. According to Institute of tourist researches of Spain (IET), for January-September the kingdom visited 1,109 million Russians (growth by 38 %), and slightly less than one million from them – tourists.
The first place on number of tourists on the Spanish direction traditionally is occupied by Great Britain (22,9 %). British are followed by Frenchmen (16,5 %) and Germans (15,2 %), and here Russians from 3,1 % settled down on the seventh line. Besides, as marked out Isabel Borrego, Russians spend for a trip approximately twice more than tourists from other countries.
Among the Spanish regions of most of all Russian tourists Catalonia involves – in nine months more than 667,6 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation here visited. Afterwards on popularity there are Balearic Islands (102,12 thousand), Canary Islands (91,28 thousand) and Andalusia (66,125 thousand).
The million Russian tourist, as expected, will arrive from Moscow to the Spanish Malaga on the first regular flight of Transaero airline which it opens on October 31.
With Borrego emphasized that in 2013 Spain hopes for 30-40 % to increase the Russian tourist’s stream – for this purpose the country intends to simplify procedure of issue of visas, to open the new directions and "possibilities for flights".