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The Canary Islands have welcomed a staggering 6,493,340 million vacationers as much as May, marking a ten.68 p.c enhance in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.

Spain is on observe for a record-breaking vacationer season, with over 33 million worldwide vacationers visiting as much as May, a 13.6 p.c enhance in comparison with the identical interval in 2023.

The UK stays the highest supply of vacationers for Spain, with over 6.3 million guests from January to May marking a ten.6 p.c soar.

In May alone, Spain welcomed 9.3 million worldwide vacationers, an 11.5 p.c rise from May 2023, with spending reaching €11,687 million, a hefty 19.7 p.c enhance from the identical month final 12 months.

The UK led the pack in May, sending over 1.9 million vacationers, a 5.7 p.c enhance from May 2023. French vacationer numbers hit 1.3 million, up by 11.7 p.c, whereas German guests totalled 1.2 million, a 9.3 p.c hike.

It comes after hundreds of locals flooded the streets in protest towards mass tourism in fashionable vacation cities.

Locals from the Canary Islands protested towards a tourism mannequin they are saying has plundered the atmosphere, priced them out of housing and compelled them into precarious work.

Last month, demonstrators marched by means of Menorca and Mallorca towards vacationer “massification” throughout Spain’s island areas.

Carme Reines, from a collective which organised the protest in Palma de Mallorca, stated: “We want the authorities to stop people who have not lived here more than five years from buying properties and to put more controls on holiday accommodation.”

Over current weeks, extra protests have been seen staged by residents from Barcelona, the Canary Islands and Malaga.

Despite the locals’ considerations, Industry and Tourism Minister Jordi Hereu not too long ago stated: “Spain is an attractive destination for international tourists, as reflected in the data on visitor arrivals in May. But the most remarkable thing is the increase in average spending per visitor, which is growing above inflation and contributing to the modernisation, sustainability and quality of employment in the sector.”

The minister emphasised the surge in tourism to Spain’s inland areas in May, outpacing that of the Mediterranean and islands.

“The government will continue to work on sustainability, de-centralisation and de-personalisation to keep Spain at the top of the list of international tourists’ preferences,” Hereu asserted.