Spain on the rebound in the UK

Viva España! Struggling Spain is bouncing back with increased bookings.

Previous reports informed that British tourists were still avoiding trips to Spain in order to avoid spending too much money, LastMinute.com online travel and retailer informed this week that once again the destinations in Spain and the Canary Islands are once again among the biggest growing vacation spots this year.

The largest change is for Gran Canaria, with travel bookings up almost 500%. Fuerteventura has also received more bookings than in the previous period last year with bookings up 340% compared to July in 2009.

Lanzarote and Tenerife, the other islands in the Canary Islands are up 132 and 95% too. Mainland Spain is also receiving more visitors than in 2009, reservations for vacations on the coastal areas like Costa Blanca with an added 160% this year.

Spain has a history of being a popular destination for UK visitors and European travelers too, but the strong euro last year affected this popular trend.

Mark Bower from Lastminute.com says: “We’re thrilled to see Spain and the Canary Islands back in our best sellers.”

Tourism in Spain started in form during the last years of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, the country then became a popular destination for summer holidays, especially for tourists from the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavian countries. Since then Spain has been the 2nd most visited country of the world after France.

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