SPAIN

Spain – officially the Kingdom of Spain is a sovereign state and a member state of the European Union. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe.Tourism in Spain today is a major contributor to the national economic life contributing with 6.4% of Spain’s GDP and ever since 1960s and 1970s, when the country became a popular destination for summer holidays, especially with the tourists from the British Isles, Portugal, France, Central Europe and Scandinavia. Spain has held strong position in world’s tourism, being among the largest markets for holidays. In 2007, Spain became the second most visited country in the world after France. That year, almost 60 million foreign visitors came to visit Spain, according to the World Tourism Organization, which has its headquarters in Madrid. However, in 2010 Spain dropped to the fourth most visited country in the world after France, the United States and China with 53 million visitors.