Spain is set to replace the USA as the world's most popular tourist . This is according to from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of international arriving in Spain grew by over 7 per cent in 2017. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy corroborated the figures. He said the country had a year in 2017, with more than 82 million visitors. The growing number of international arrivals continues a growing . The figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth year. This is despite the terror on Barcelona in August, and demonstrations and unrest in Spain's Catalonia region for .
There was an 8 per cent in tourism to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded results for such a large and rather mature ." Africa is increasingly becoming an and attractive destination and tourism there also went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel continues to grow , consolidating the tourism as a key driver in economic ." France retained its as the world's tourist destination.